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Brock tied for 12th after 1st round

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eGolf Press Release

Southport, NC – Opening-round play in the eGolf Tour's fifth annual Championship at St. James Plantation began in less-than-ideal fashion on Wednesday, with early morning thunderstorms suspending the start of the tournament for one hour. When the skies cleared, perfect weather ensued, with four players opening the week with rounds of 3-under 69 to sit atop the leaderboard at the demanding Reserve Club at St. James.


Over the past four years, the Championship at St. James Plantation has been won with a score of 8-under or higher a staggering three times. The arduous nature of the Jack Nicklaus design lends to par being a target score, with anything lower than that feeling like a bonus. On Wednesday, only 11 players managed to break par.


Matt Ryan of Santa Clarita, CA, Vaita Guillaume of Tahiti, Ryan Zylstra of Glen Allen, VA and Kevin McLister of Charlotte, NC tied for the day one lead on Wednesday, posting matching rounds of 69 to stand one clear of the field heading into Thursday's second round.


Ryan's day-one scorecard was a bit on the vanilla side, with a two, a three, and 16 fours adding up to 69 by day's end. The lefty was 1-over par through two holes, then birdied four of his next 10 holes before adding a late bogey-birdie stretch on 16-17 to finish off his first-round 69.


"I haven't birdied four par-5s in a long time, and didn't even realize it until after the round," said Ryan of his five-less scorecard. "Even the bogeys on par-3s weren't bad. It was nice out there today. I had a great pairing with Matt Schall and Ryan Nelson – they're kind of boring in a good way, so it just flowed throughout the whole group."


The 27-year-old entered the year with wins in each of his past three seasons on the eGolf Tour, collecting No. 1 at the 2011 Bushnell Classic at Spring Creek, then following that up with victories at the 2012 Championship at River Run and the 2013 Columbia Classic.


Ryan opened his 2014 eGolf Tour campaign with a missed cut at the Palmetto Hall Championship, then narrowly missed grabbing win No. 4 at the inaugural Championship at Callawassie Island, where a final-hole bogey left him one shot shy of winner J.T. Griffin.


"I wasn't feeling very good after Palmetto Hall, but I knew it was close," he said. "At Callawassie, my golf management was good, and all of a sudden I woke up tied for the lead going into the last hole. I think that momentum carried me over into Mexico."


Ryan, a conditional member of the Tour this year, made three starts this spring on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, losing the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open in Guadalajara, Mexico in a seven-man playoff after posting 17-under par for the week. The former Fresno State golfer is currently 12th on the tour's Order of Merit, with the top five players at season's end earning status on the 2015 Tour.


"Anytime you start off good and start the year well it gives you confidence going forward," he said. "It allows you to play with more of a free flow the rest of the year."


Guillaume, who starred in college at Campbell University, found himself at even par through 11 holes in the first round at St. James, then birdied Nos. 3, 6 and 7 (his 12, 15 and 16) en route to his 3-under 69.


Guillaume's 2013 campaign on the eGolf Tour delivered four top-25s and a season-best, third-place finish at the Cabarrus Classic in November. That top-5, his first in an eGolf event, gave way to solid play over the winter months, where rounds of 71-67-68—206 turned into a victory at eGolf Tour Florida's Citrus Open in January.


The 25-year-old was the opening-round co-leader at Callawassie, then recorded top-15s at both the NorthStone Open and Cowans Ford Open, with the latter being a T3 that tied his career best from the prior year.


After opening the year with three missed cuts, thanks in part to slow starts, Zylstra reversed the trend on Wednesday, birdieing two of his first four holes to ease into what became a 69.


"All year long, I've gotten off to bad starts, so today was pretty nice," said Zylstra, 34. "I told my wife that the opening birdie kind of got the day started and I was able to take it from there."


Zylstra bogeyed Nos. 6 and 8 to turn at even par, then finished strong, recording birdies on 14, 17 and 18 to reach 3-under for the day.


Of the three co-leaders, McLister was the only one to record 69 in the day's morning wave, which opened in the wind and dampness left over from the early storm.


His 3-under-par effort was a rally of sorts, after three bogeys in his first 11 holes left him at 1-over par for the day. From there, the 25-year-old former Delaware standout birdied Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 15 to reach 3-under, where he finished after paring his final three holes. McLister held the outright lead by himself throughout much of the day on Wednesday before being matched later on.


The opening 69 was a continuation of good play for McLister, who notched two top-25s in his first three starts this year – including a career-best-tying T5 at the Cowans Ford Open two weeks ago. That effort matched a T5 at the 2013 Forest Oaks Classic – one of eight top-25s during what was his most consistent campaign to date on the eGolf Tour.


Five players are tied for second at 2-under par, including three-time eGolf Tour winner T.J. Howe of Osceola, PA, two-time tour winner Bruce Woodall of Yanceyville, NC and 2012 U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox of Hendersonville, TN.


A current Tour member, Fox won the U.S. Amateur at famed Cherry Hills Country Club after earning the 63rd of 64 match play seeds in a 17-players-for-14-spots playoff following the conclusion of 36 holes of stroke play. The victory delivered exemptions into the 2013 Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and Open Championship, as well as seven additional starts in PGA TOUR-sanctioned events, including this year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


Second-round play in The Championship at St. James Plantation will begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday morning. Following the completion of 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 35 percent and ties for the final two rounds of play. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.



The Championship at St. James Plantation

The Reserve Club

Par 72; 7,212 yards


First-Round Results

 T1   Kevin McLister        Charlotte, NC           36-33--69 -3  
 T1   Vaita Guillaume       Papeete, Tahiti         35-34--69 -3  
 T1   Matthew Ryan          Santa Clarita, CA       34-35--69 -3  
 T1   Ryan Zylstra          Glen Allen, VA          36-33--69 -3  
 T5   Bruce Woodall         Yanceyville, NC         37-33--70 -2  
 T5   T.J. Howe             Osceola, PA             34-36--70 -2  
 T5   Luke Hopkins          Greenville, SC          34-36--70 -2  
 T5   Steven Fox            Hendersonville, TN      36-34--70 -2  
 T5   Brendan Gielow        Muskegon, MI            38-32--70 -2  
 T10  Ryan Nelson           Charleston, SC          38-33--71 -1  
 T10  Seamus Power          Ireland                 35-36--71 -1  
 T12  Kevin Roy             Tampa, FL               37-35--72 E   
 T12  Joshua Brock          Wilmington, NC          35-37--72 E   
 T12  Michael Miller        Brewster, NY            36-36--72 E   
 T15  Joey McLister         Charlotte, NC           35-38--73 +1  
 T15  Weston Eklund         Charlottesville, VA     39-34--73 +1  
 T15  Brett Lange           Atlanta, GA             35-38--73 +1  
 T15  Reed Darsie           Chapel Hill, NC         38-35--73 +1  
 T15  Michael Davan         Hoopeston, IL           35-38--73 +1  
 T15  Adam Stephenson       Greenville, NC          35-38--73 +1  
 T15  Jesse Hutchins        Kirkersville, OH        35-38--73 +1  
 T15  Jurrian Van der Vaart Netherlands             37-36--73 +1  
 T15  Ryan Gutowski         Akron, OH               38-35--73 +1  
 T24  Zach Edmondson        Morrisville, NC         37-37--74 +2  
 T24  Noah Ratner           Asheville, NC           37-37--74 +2  
 T24  Fielding Brewbaker    Salem, VA               37-37--74 +2  
 T24  Wesley Bryan          Chapin, SC              37-37--74 +2  
 T24  Drew Weaver           Sea Island, GA          38-36--74 +2  
 T24  Brendan Kelly         Annapolis, MD           39-35--74 +2  
 T24  Preston Dembowiak     Greensboro, NC          36-38--74 +2  
 T24  Travis Ross           Crookston, MN           36-38--74 +2  
 T24  Ethan Tracy           Columbus, OH            34-40--74 +2  
 T24  Christian Brand       Charleston, WV          37-37--74 +2  
 T34  Ryan Sullivan         Winston-Salem, NC       39-36--75 +3  
 T34  Michael Kinkopf       Dublin, OH              38-37--75 +3  
 T34  Brett Nymeyer         Ontario, Canada         37-38--75 +3  
 T34  Brian Hughes          Raleigh, NC             38-37--75 +3  
 T34  Bryce Ledford         Chattanooga, TN         40-35--75 +3  
 T34  Jacob Eggers          Boone, NC               40-35--75 +3  
 T34  Bobby MacWhinnie      Charlotte, NC           38-37--75 +3  
 T34  Mark Kriston          Clemmons, NC            38-37--75 +3  
 T34  James (a) Braunsberg  Plymouth Meeting, PA    38-37--75 +3  
 T34  Adam Webb             Ridgeway, VA            39-36--75 +3  
 T34  David Watkins         Greenville, NC          37-38--75 +3  
 T34  Matt Schall           Williamsport, PA        41-34--75 +3  
 T34  Will Collins          Salisbury, NC           36-39--75 +3  
 T34  Thomas Bass           Wilmington, NC          39-36--75 +3  
 T34  Amory Davis           Chadds Ford, PA         38-37--75 +3  
 T34  Carson Lanier         Sanford, NC             39-36--75 +3  
 T50  Jack Fields           Southern Pines, NC      39-37--76 +4  
 T50  Chris Gallagher       Charlotte, NC           42-34--76 +4  
 T50  Ted Brown             Richmond, VA            38-38--76 +4  
 T50  Tommy Gibson          Vero Beach, FL          38-38--76 +4  
 T50  Atomu Watanabe        Queensland, Australia   35-41--76 +4  
 T50  David Erdy            London, OH              39-37--76 +4  
 T50  John Taylor           Bridgewater, VA         38-38--76 +4  
 T50  Guillermo Pumarol     Doral, FL               39-37--76 +4  
 T58  Dustin Groves         Raleigh, NC             40-37--77 +5  
 T58  Drew Perry            Charlotte, NC           40-37--77 +5  
 T58  John Gerber           Potomac, MD             38-39--77 +5  
 T58  Tommy Sikes           Midland, TX             37-40--77 +5  
 T58  Justin Peters         Stuart, FL              37-40--77 +5  
 T58  Adam Hedges           Belmont, NC             38-39--77 +5  
 T58  Anthony Aloi          Greenville, SC          38-39--77 +5  
 T58  Patrick Barrett       Pinehurst, NC           38-39--77 +5  
 T58  Mark Side             Gray, TN                36-41--77 +5  
 T67  Garland Green         Tazewell, VA            39-39--78 +6  
 T67  Ryan Gildersleeve     Clearwater, FL          40-38--78 +6  
 T67  Abbie Valentine       Naples, FL              39-39--78 +6  
 T67  Luke Ovenden          Ontario, Canada         37-41--78 +6  
 T67  Nicholas Mehigan      Charlotte, NC           41-37--78 +6  
 T67  Alex Boyd             Greensboro, GA          37-41--78 +6  
 T67  Derek Rende           Soddy Daisy, TN         35-43--78 +6  
 T67  Daniel Walker         Earlysville, VA         39-39--78 +6  
 T67  Hyun Shik Chung       Charlotte, NC           40-38--78 +6  
 T67  Mitch Bagley          Midlothian, VA          37-41--78 +6  
 T67  Trey Howell           Wilmington, NC          38-40--78 +6  
 T67  Ryan Thornton         Chattanooga, TN         39-39--78 +6  
 T79  Brad Miller           Timonium, MD            39-40--79 +7  
 T79  Tim Cantwell          Palm Beach Gardens, FL  42-37--79 +7  
 T79  Chris McCartin        Raleigh, NC             37-42--79 +7  
 T79  Michael Wade          Floyd, VA               39-40--79 +7  
 T83  David Sanders         Mt. Laurel, NJ          38-42--80 +8  
 T83  Jerome Ponniah        London, England         41-39--80 +8  
 T83  Austen Giesie         Azusa, CA               38-42--80 +8  
 T83  Mark Wright           Tabor City, NC          37-43--80 +8  
 T83  Josh Apple            Leesburg, VA            41-39--80 +8  
 T83  Paul Howell           Wilson, NC              40-40--80 +8  
 T83  Beon Yeong Lee        Quebec, Canada          40-40--80 +8  
 T83  Steve Lee             Hendersonville, TN      41-39--80 +8  
 T91  Johnny Kyger          Salisbury, NC           41-40--81 +9  
 T91  Justin Caroli         Stonewood, WV           36-45--81 +9  
 93   Lee Heaton            Rock Hill, SC           41-42--83 +11 
 T94  Jared Speight         Leland, NC              39-45--84 +12 
 T94  Russ Adams            Charlotte, NC           46-38--84 +12 
 96   Nick Austin           Midlothian, VA          40-45--85 +13 
 97   Austin Stillman       Wilmington, NC          42-46--88 +16 
 98   David Heimbecker      Sanford, NC             45-44--89 +17 
 99   Jeff Pagac            Thomson, GA             48-50--98 +26 
 NC   Frankie Suits         Sarasota, FL                          
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