Matt Davidson shot a bogey-free, 8-under par 63 today to move to the top of the leaderboard during the first round of the Wichita Open at Crestview Country Club.
Davidson, 29, made four birdies on each nine of Crestview's 6,932-yard North course. His low round in six Nationwide Tour events this season gave Davidson a one-shot lead over Dan Buchner and Scott Gutschewski.
Davidson, who played on the PGA Tour in 2005, hit every fairway off the tee
"That was definitely the key," said Davidson, who did not get into a Nationwide event until mid-June because of his conditional status. "If you do that out here, it's not the longest course."
Davidson, 103rd on the tour money list, posted the best score of 78 golfers in the morning flight. Jhonattan Vegas, who led after each of the first three rounds in last year's tournament, shared fourth place with Tjaart van der Walt after carding a 65. Former Wichita Open runner-up Hunter Haas was among a group of eight at 66.
Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, No. 2 on the tour money list, shot a 3-under 68. Two-time Wichita Open champion Brad Elder was at even-par 71 and Ben Bates, the 1997 winner, carded a 73.