ANDERSON, S.C. -- Nine players broke par in Monday's first round to set up a shootout in Tuesday's second round of the 2006 Anderson Invitational at the Brookstone Meadows Golf Club.
Host Anderson shot a 1-under 287 on the par-72, 6,700-yard Brookstone layout, one shot off the first-round tournament record, and holds a one-shot lead over Tusculum (288) after the first round. North Greenville (290) is third, Wingate (294) is fourth, Lincoln Memorial (295) is fifth, and Mount Olive (298) is sixth. Limestone (304), St. Andrews Presbyterian (306), and Tri-Country Tech (318) round out the field.
Paul Butler of Limestone and Nathan Irvin of North Greenville both shot 5-under 67 -- a new first-round tournament record -- to share the lead after the first round. Butler shot 5-under on the back nine.
The 67s tied the record for the lowest score ever shot in the event. Dion Sirrianni of Lees-McRae shot a 67 in the second round of the '05 tournament.
Chris Wynne of Tusculum is in solo third with a 68. Shane Dyer of Wingate, and two Anderson players -- Adam Sheriff and Clay Williamson -- all shot 69. John Kolls of St. Andrews Presbyterian is seventh with a 70, and Johan Hagsund of Mount Olive and Matt Brown of Tusculum both shot 71 to share eighth place.
A big key to Anderson's first-round lead was the par-5 holes. The Trojans were 12-under and had a stroke average of 4.52 on the par-5 holes. Williamson was 5-under on the par-5 holes, while Sheriff was 3-under.
Lincoln Memorial and Wingate both were 6-under on the par-5 holes.
The average score for the field in the first round was 75.98. The field recorded three eagles and 20 birdies on the par-5, 477-yard fourth hole. The most bogeys (20) were recorded on the par-3, 231-yard third hole.
Men - Anderson Invitational First Round