Calcavecchia, Short share Principal Charity Classic lead
05/30/2014 6:24 PM
05/30/2014 9:02 PM
Des Moines, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Calcavecchia and Wes Short, Jr. carded matching 6-under 66s on Friday to share the lead after the opening round of the Principal Charity Classic
Calcavecchia is a two-time winner on the Champions Tour, while Short is seeking his first tour victory.
Peter Senior, Bobby Clampett and Steve Lowery shared third place at 5-under 67. Doug Garwood, Scott Simpson, John Riegger, Tom Pernice, Jr., Michael Allen, Mark Mouland, Marco Dawson and Jeff Coston each shot a 4-under 68 at Wakonda Club to sit in a tie for sixth.
Calcavecchia had a steady front nine as he started with five straight pars. At the sixth, he rolled in a 15-footer for birdie and he came back two holes later with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 8.
The two-time winner on the Champions Tour parred three in a row from the ninth. Calcavecchia birdied the 12th and 14th from 12 feet out, while he 2- putted for birdie on the par-5 13th.
Calcavecchia made it four birdies in a row as he rolled in a 6-foot putt on the 15th to move to minus-6. He parred the final three holes to end there.
"It was a good day. I drove it well and never got in a spot where I looked like I was going to make a bogey," said Calcavecchia, who took third here last year. "I drove it great, and you really have to do that here. I feel comfortable playing here. It reminds me a lot of where I grew up in Nebraska."
Short got on the board with a birdie on the third. After three pars in a row, he converted a birdie effort at the seventh.
Around the turn, Short birdied the 10th and 13th to move to minus-4. His second at the par-5 15th hit the stick and dropped inches from the cup.
Short kicked that in for eagle, and a share of the lead at minus-6. He stumbled to a bogey on the 16th, but closed his round with a birdie at the last to gain a share of the lead.
"You need a lot of local knowledge here. There are a lot of blind shots, but I played here three times this week, so I got to know the course better and learned to know where to miss it," Short explained. "It's been great out here. A little more relaxed and it's been a lot of fun."
Clampett mixed fives birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his round of 67. Senior had six birdies and a bogey, while Lowery had a bogey-free round with five birdies.
NOTES: Calcavecchia, who hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation in round one, opened with his best first round of the year ... Short, who was medalist at Q School last year as he won by five strokes, missed all of 2010 and 2011 with back problems ... Calcavecchia and Lowery had two of the five bogey-free rounds on Friday ... Defending champion Russ Cochran struggled to a 6-over 78 and he is in last place.
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