Woody FitzHugh of Woody's Range and Earl Robinson, unattached, each shot six-under-par 64 to tie for the first-round lead in the Middle Atlantic PGA Open championship today.
They have a one-stroke lead over Richard Clark of Asheville, N.C. Four are tied at 66. Defending champion Brian Staveley shot par 70.
John Dodson of Twin Shields and John Broach of Dunkirk, Md., combined for a 61 to take a first-round lead in the team division. Three teams are tied for second with 62.
Robinson, who also leads the senior division, had six birdies, including a 40-foot uphill putt on 17. FitzHugh also had six birdies.
"For a little old man, I got good rolls today," Robinson, 59, said. "I had a practice round here Friday and shot a 72, so I am happy . . . ."
The tournament is being held at the Prince William and Evergreen courses. Robinson and FitzHugh played at a very dry Prince William.
"The dryness helped me because it made my ball go farther," FitzHugh said. Robinson agreed: "The dryness was good because the ball got a lot more roll."
"I like Evergreen a lot better than Prince William," FitzHugh said. "The holes are more demanding and it's a better layout. I surprised myself today. I have always played badly here."