Alex Springer played to the early lead after Tuesday’s opening round of the 107th Kansas Amateur at Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills.
Springer shot a 4-under 66 for a 1-stroke advantage over a group tied at 67 that included defending champion Blake Allen, Kale Reynolds, Chase Hanna and Charlie Hillier.
Springer birdied Nos. 7, 8 and 9 in his opening round.
Today’s 18-hole round concludes the stroke-play portion of the tournament.
Match play begins Thursday with the low 64 players advancing from Tuesday and Wednesday’s rounds, and wraps up on Sunday.