DAVIDSON – Four golfers shot five-under-par scores of 67 to share the first-round lead at the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic, which began Thursday at River Run Country Club.
Hudson Swafford, Nick O’Hern, Edward Loar and Ben Kohles are atop a clogged leaderboard. Four other golfers are a stroke behind (they shot 68s) and six golfers are two shots off the lead.
Swafford, a University of Georgia product, had three birdies, an eagle and no bogeys.
O’Hern, a 41-year-old Australian, overcame three bogeys by carding six birdies and an eagle. He birdied five of six holes in the middle of his round.
Loar had two bogeys in the first five holes, but rallied with seven birdies.
Kohles, who lives in Cary, played consistently well with six birdies and one bogey.
The golfers are playing for a shot at qualifying for the prestigious PGA Tour.
The Chiquita Classic is the second of four tournaments in the new Web.com Tour Finals, which pits the top 75 regular-season money winners on the Web.com Tour and players ranked Nos. 126-200 in the PGA’s FedEx Cup standings against one another.
Competition will determine which 50 players earn PGA Tour playing privileges for the 2013-2014 season. Their performances in Davidson will have a large effect on whether they graduate to golf’s top level of competition.
Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday for the second round. The Golf Channel will have live coverage from 4-6 p.m.