Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Wes Short Jr., Jeff Freeman, Bill Glasson
and Doug Garwood all shot 7-under-par 64 on Tuesday to share the lead after
the opening round of the Champions Tour Q-School.
Short, a former PGA Tour winner who turns 50 on Dec. 4, mixed five birdies and
an eagle at TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course, where five players will earn
exempt status and seven others will earn conditional status at the end of this
Jeff Hart, Jim Rutledge, Dick Mast and Ben Bates carded matching 65s to share
fifth place, while James Mason, Phil Golding, Greg Bruckner, Jerry Smith, Rick
Schuller and Frank Esposito Jr. all shot 66s to share ninth.
Short, who secured his lone PGA Tour win at the 2005 Michelin Championship,
started on the 10th tee and opened his round in style, notching an eagle-3
there. He closed his outward nine with four birdies in a five-hole stretch to
turn in 30, then added another birdie at the second before parring out to wrap
up his bogey-free round.
Glasson, who has made 74 Champions Tour starts without a win, highlighted his
opening round with a pair of eagles -- at the par-5 10th and 17th -- while
adding three birdies to grab a share of the lead.
Freeman went bogey-free with seven birdies, while Garwood mixed eight birdies
and a lone bogey.
NOTES: Garwood played in five Champions Tour events in 2013, with his best
finish coming in a tie for second at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in
September. He made the cut in all five events in 2013 and finished in the top
25 four times, including a pair of top 10s ... Freeman has made 26 career
starts on the Champions Tour, with 12 of those coming in 2013. His best finish
in 2013 was a tie for fifth at the Shaw Charity Classic in September ...
Defending champion Gene Jones is tied for 20th place at 3-under 68 ...
Seventy-eight players reached the Final Qualifying Stage.
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