Guy Boros isn’t taking much time to make a splash on the Champions Tour.
The son of the late Hall of Famer Julius Boros, he shot a 6-under-par 66 to hold a one-shot lead over Tom Lehman and Marco Dawson after the first round of the Champions Tour SAS Championship on Friday at Prestonwood Country Club.
Boros, who turned 50 on Sept. 4, was playing in just his second tournament on the tour.
“The most important thing my dad taught me was to have a good time,” Boros said. “If you’re not enjoying something, it’s tough. But he absolutely loved the game. I wish it would have rubbed off on me a little more, but I do enjoy playing. I like it very much.
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“I five-putted well today. I putted good in the qualifier on Monday, and I switch putters every other week it seems like. Hopefully I’ll keep putting well, and I’ll stick with this one quite a while.”
Hale Irwin, the 2005 champion, finished one shot better than his age at 68 despite a double-bogey on No. 8. Irwin, one of three players three shots back, has bettered his age seven times this year.
“I played OK,” Irwin said. “When you look at my score today and when you look at (playing partner) Tom (Lehman’s) score and how he’s playing and there’s got to be more than one-stroke difference – he played very well and could have scored lower than that. I’m not happy with the way it ended, but all in all I played well today.”
Lehman said he was happy with his round.
“I think hitting it in the fairway is a really important part of the equation here, and I drove it in the fairway a lot,” Lehman said. “Once you drive it in the fairway, you can get aggressive and start attacking the pins. The pins were actually in pretty good spots today.”
Dawson was also optimistic after his start.
“I actually managed my game well around the course,” Dawson said. “I hit the right shots when I needed to. I think I pulled the right clubs. I didn’t hit any foul balls, and I didn’t hit any that were way long or way short. And I didn’t really hit any bad putts.”
Raleigh native Scott Hoch and Smithfield’s Neal Lancaster are in a group of nine players at 69.
Defending champion Russ Cochran shot even-par 72. Tom Byrum had a hole-in-one on the island green on No. 8 with a 7-iron, but finished at 76.
Bernhard Langer – who won this event in 2012 – and Colin Montgomerie, currently in first and second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, are each at 73. Their playing partner, Nick Faldo, is at 70.
Kenny Perry, the reigning Schwab Cup champion, who won at Prestonwood in 2011, is at 72.