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Chase Hanna has lead after first round of Watson Challenge

Chase Hanna (right) won the 2015 Watson Challenge and was directed to the trophy that year by Tom Watson for his work. Hanna is pursuing the trophy again and is the leader after the first round Friday of the 2017 Watson Challenge. Hanna shot a 3-under 69 on Friday, while Watson shot a 76.
Chase Hanna (right) won the 2015 Watson Challenge and was directed to the trophy that year by Tom Watson for his work. Hanna is pursuing the trophy again and is the leader after the first round Friday of the 2017 Watson Challenge. Hanna shot a 3-under 69 on Friday, while Watson shot a 76. File photo

Legendary Kansas City golfer Tom Watson was in the middle of the pack after the first round Friday of the 2017 Watson Challenge at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park.

Watson shot a 4-over 76 on Friday and was 7 strokes back of leader Chase Hanna, who shot a 3-under 69.

Hanna had a 1-stroke lead over the second-place trio of Andy Spencer, Chris Mabry and Steve Groom.

Last year’s champion Rob Wilkin shot an even-par 72 and was tied for seventh.

Watson, who has won 39 PGA Tour events, 14 PGA Tour Champions events and the Watson Challenge five times, will tee off in Saturday’s second round at 8:50 a.m. Hanna, who went to high school at Shawnee Mission East and plays golf for KU, will be in the final group (10 a.m. tee-off) with Spencer and Mabry.

Tickets can still be purchased at Milburn Country Club and are valid for the remainder of the three-day, 54-hole tournament. All juniors under 18 years of age do not need a ticket.

Leader board

Note: a-amateur, p-professional

Place, golfer

Par

Score

1. Chase Hanna (a)

-3

69

T2. Andy Spencer (a)

-2

70

T2. Chris Mabry (p)

-2

70

T2. Steve Groom (a)

-2

70

T5. Curtis Yonke (p)

-1

71

T5. Harry Higgs (p)

-1

71

T7. Rob Wilkin (p)

E

72

T7. Sean Dougherty (p)

E

72

T7. Tyler Dunn (p)

E

72

T10. Alex Higgs (p)

+1

73

T10. Ryan Zech (p)

+1

73

T10. Travis Mays (a)

+1

73

T13. Alex Forristal (p)

+2

74

T13. Bryan Norton (a)

+2

74

T13. Christian Ghilardi (a)

+2

74

T13. Clay Devers (p)

+2

74

T13. Matt Green (p)

+2

74

T18. Jeff Bell (a)

+3

75

T18. Mark Terranova (a)

+3

75

T20. Aaron Watkins (p)

+4

76

T20. Alex Springer (a)

+4

76

T20. Blake Allen (a)

+4

76

T20. Jeff Sedorcek (p)

+4

76

T20. Ryne Fisher (a)

+4

76

T20. Tom Watson (p)

+4

76

T26. Jeff Sheppard (p)

+5

77

T26. Joe Ida (a)

+5

77

T26. Joe Winslow (p)

+5

77

T26. Josh Weems (p)

+5

77

T26. Matt Kelley (a)

+5

77

T26. Ryan Bender (a)

+5

77

T26. Zac Gavlak (p)

+5

77

T33. John Richman (p)

+6

78

T33. Luke Smith (p)

+6

78

T33. Preston Fleenor (a)

+6

78

T36. Mark Addington (a)

+7

79

T36. Matt Murdoch (p)

+7

79

T38. Mike Tanner (p)

+8

80

T38. Nate Sargent (p)

+8

80

T38. Nick Burkart (p)

+8

80

T41. Evan Scobie (p)

+9

81

T41. Vern Bennett (a)

+9

81

T43. Ben Perry (p)

+10

82

T43. Justin Wingerter (a)

+10

82

T45. Chris Piedimonte (p)

+11

83

T45. Colton Allen (a)

+11

83

T45. Zane Burgess (p)

+11

83

48. Chris Bussell (p)

+12

84

SATURDAY’S TEE TIMES

(All times are a.m.; Friday’s scores in parentheses)

7:30: Zane Burgess (83), Chris Piedimonte (83), Chris Bussell (84)

7:40: Justin Wingerter (82), Ben Perry (82), Colton Allen (83)

7:50: Nick Burkart (80), Vern Bennett (81), Evan Scobie (81)

8:00: Mark Addington (79), Mike Tanner (80), Nate Sargent (80)

8:10: Luke Smith (78), John Richman (78), Matt Murdoch (79)

8:20: Joe Ida (77), Joe Winslow (77), Preston Fleenor (78)

8:30: Zack Galvac (77), Josh Weems (77), Jeff Sheppard (77)

8:40: Jeff Sedorcek (76), Matt Kelley (77), Ryan Bender (77)

8:50: Tom Watson (76), Ryne Fisher (76), Blake Allen (76)

9:00: Mark Terranova (75), Aaron Watkins (76), Alex Springer (76)

9:10: Clay Devers (74), Christian Ghilardi (74), Jeff Bell (75)

9:20: Alex Forristal (74), Bryan Norton (74), Matt Green (74)

9:30: Travis Mays (73), Alex Higgs (73), Ryan Zech (73)

9:40: Tyler Dunn (72), Rob Wilkin (72), Sean Dougherty (72)

9:50: Steve Groom (70), Curtis Yonke (71), Harry Higgs (71)

10:00: Chase Hanna (69), Andy Spencer (70), Chris Mabry (70)

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