Bob Proben finished with four straight birdies to complete the best round of his career, an eight-under-par 64, to take a one-stroke lead yesterday after the first round of the storm-delayed Honda-Inverrary Golf Classic in Lauderhill, Fla.
The 64 was the lowest opening round on the TPA tour this season. Even so, Proben, who has won less than $10,000 in a four-year tour career, had to chip in for a birdie on the final hole to retain the top spot in the $400,000 tournament.
Tom Kite, a playoff winner at Bay Hill Monday and the defending champion in this tournament, and two-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin shot 65 in the ideal playing conditions.
Tom Watson, a winner his last time out, could do no better than a 71. Jack Nicklaus had a 73, one over par . . .
Donna H. White, who took off last season to have a baby, shot a five-under-par 68 to take the lead after two rounds of the $150,000 Olympia Gold LPGA tournament in City of Industry, Calif. White's 141 total gave her a three-shot lead over Janet Coles and Robin Walton.