He shot 71, one under par, but that is only good for a share of 89th place for Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau, Quebec after the 1st round of the NGA/Hooters Tour Michelob Ultra Classic being contested in Albany, Georgia. The young pro is just one stroke back of the projected cut-line which will see the field reduced to the low 65 players and ties after Friday’s second round of four.
Low scores were the norm for many players in the first round at Stonebridge Golf & Country Club on Thursday. Over 100 players in the 168-player field recorded rounds under par, but Stuart Anderson, of Victoria, British Columbia, posted the lowest of the low scores.
The former Illinois State University golfer made the turn at 3-under par and torched the back nine in 31 strokes to finish at 8-under par and one stroke ahead of a trio of golfers. Anderson, a past winner on the Canadian Tour, is searching for his first NGA/Hooters Tour victory.
After touring the front nine in just 30 strokes, Kyle Ellis, of Senatobia, Miss., likely had visions of being the first-round leader.
However, the former Ole Miss golfer carded just one birdie on the backside en route to a 7-under 65.
Past NGA/Hooters Tour winner Ryan Blaum, of Coral Gables, Fla., joined Ellis at 7-under par. The Duke alumnus recorded eight birdies and one bogey in the opening round. Matt Boyd, of Sugar Land, Texas, mimicked Blaums s first round with eight birdies and one blemish to finish at 7-under par and T2.
Adam Landry (Groves, Texas), Lee Williams (Alexander City, Ala.), James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) and Kevin Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio) are all tied for fifth after posting 6-under 66s on the par-72, 6,913-yard course.
Ted Potter, of Ocala, Fla., got off to a solid start in his quest for a third victory in 2011. The two-time NGA/Hooters Tour Player of the Year opened with a 5-under 67 and is part of a group of 12 golfers tied at T9.
Hometown hero Josh Broadaway shot a 4-under 68 in the first round.
Broadaway, who has conditional status on the Nationwide Tour, made seven birdies in his first NGA/Hooters Tour start since 2005, but a double bogey and a bogey dropped him into a tie for 21st.