WILLIAMSBURG, JULY 9 -- Tom Sieckmann and Mark McCumber each shot 6-under-par 65 in 97-degree heat to share the first-round lead in the Anheuser-Busch Classic today at Kingsmill.

Veteran Dave Eichelberger, aided by a hole-in-one on the fifth hole, was next at 66, along with John Cook, Jack Renner, Fred Wadsworth and Ron Streck. At 67 were 1981 winner John Mahaffey, Kenny Perry, Brad Faxon, Tim Simpson, Gibby Gilbert, Jay Don Blake and Scott Hoch.

Sieckmann, who hasn't won in three years on the PGA Tour but has won on the Asian tour, played in the morning before the heat peaked. But he said the conditions were "about as hot as I can stand.

"The key to the round was no bogeys," said Sieckmann, from Nebraska. Sieckmann, whose best finish this season was a 20th-place tie recently at Hartford, made six birdies at Kingsmill.

"One thing about hot weather," Sieckmann said, "the ball does go real far."

Sieckmann has missed the cut in 13 of 19 events and has won $17,210.

McCumber said he was "prepared to be patient and pace myself" because of the heat. McCumber, who has four PGA wins and has been in contention in several major championships over the last few years, opened with birdie-birdie-eagle and had two more birdies. "About the eighth hole, I got to thinking I'd shoot real low," said McCumber. "But maybe I'm getting old. I think 65 is a low round."

Calvin Peete, a two-time winner here, was scheduled to play but did not appear for his 8:34 a.m. tee time. PGA Tour officials said they were not told why Peete was absent.

"We've not heard from Calvin and don't really know the reason for his failure to tee off this morning," said Mike Shea, tournament director of operations. "I might add, however, that this is highly unusual for Calvin. He's never done anything like this in the past."

Peete, who could not be reached for comment, has a history of back problems that has forced him to withdraw from tournaments in the past.

Eichelberger, 43, momentarily undecided between hitting a 5- or 6-iron on the 183-yard fifth hole, used the 6-iron and the ball hit five feet in front of the hole and rolled in for an ace -- Eichelberger's 12th. "The ball never left the flag," he said.

"They {holes-in-one} are never really old hat, but it's not as fun as the first one or two," he said.

Peete's replacement, Williamsburg's Mark Carnevale, was four under par after shooting a 31 on the front nine, but finished at 70. Carnevale's caddie, former Washington Redskins quarterback Norm Snead, had to quit after 15 holes because of the heat, but reportedly was feeling better later.

Curtis Strange, who plays out of Kingsmill and won last week's Canadian Open, also shot 70. Defending champion Fuzzy Zoeller shot 72.

U.S. Naval Academy golf coach Larry Ringer, reigning Middle Atlantic PGA champion, shot 74. Wheeler Stewart, head pro at Belle Haven in Alexandria, shot 76. Steve Bosdosh of TPC at Avenel shot 78.


Ayako Okamoto of Japan, returning from a two-week layoff, shot a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $400,000 du Maurier Classic in Quebec.

Okamoto, one of the top golfers on the LPGA Tour this year with three triumphs, had 10 birdies in tying the course record at the 6,371-yard Islesmere Golf Club, 10 miles north of Montreal.

Shirley Furlong of San Antonio shot a career-best 66 for second.

Okamoto was playing her first tournament since winning the Lady Keystone Open last June 21. She could have broken the course record had she not missed three short putts.

Scottish Open:

Ian Woosnam of Britain shot his second consecutive 65 to take a two-stroke lead yesterday midway through the $310,000 Scottish Open golf championships on the King's course in Gleneagles.

Woosnam, who had five birdies and an eagle, has a two-round total of 12-under-par 130. Britain's Roger Chapman was second after a 64.

Severiano Ballesteros of Spain, the tournament favorite, moved up with a 65 for a 133 total -- one ahead of Australia's Peter Senior (66) and Britain's Sam Torrance (64).

Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal shot a course-record 62 to join a group at 136 that included American Tom Kite (65).