Mike Wynn eagled the 14th hole at Prince William Golf Club in Nokesville, Va., and finished with 68 for a one-shot lead after yesterday's first round of the 54-hole Templeton Oldsmobile Open, formerly called the Middle Atlantic Open.
Wynn, a 128-pounder who played six years on the PGA Tour, will return to Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Va., where he is head pro, to play his final two rounds.
"That score surprised me today," he said. "I've been pretty busy around the club and haven't been able to play too much."
He reached the par-5 14th hole in two shots and rolled in a 40-foot putt for an eagle. He also made two birdies.
Tied for second at 69 are Tony DeLuca of Vienna; Bob Stroble of Albany, Ga.; former U.S. Amateur runner-up David Tolley of Roanoke; Brian Staveley of Golden Triangle; Glenn Barrett of Marlboro; Jerry Estep of Goose Creek, and amateur Joe Frederick of York, S.C.
DeLuca and former PGA Tour pro Stroble are the only golfers among the leaders who played Evergreen, which is considered more difficult, and its par of 72 is two strokes higher than par at Prince William.
Each golfer in this event plays Prince William once and Evergreen once before playing Wednesday's final round at Evergreen.
Tolley and Jamie Winslow of Manor lead the two-day scratch team event with 62.
Last year, DeLuca led going to the final nine holes but lost a ball on one hole and drove out of bounds on another to finish sixth.
Yesterday, the 25-year-old long hitter birdied three of the first five holes and was out in 33. He added two more back-nine birdies, but three-putted holes 10 and 11 for his only bogeys.
He said he was helped by a tip by PGA tour pros Lanny Wadkins and George Burns during the recent Kemper Open, where he made the cut.
"They said I had a lot of ability, but I had to learn not to drive a tack with a two-pound sledgehammer," he said. "As strong as I am, I don't need to swing at it so hard to hit it long."