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Anguiano's 62 at Furman earns one-stroke lead at BMW Pro-Am

Published on Friday, May 19, 2017

Mark Anguiano fired a bogey-free 9-under 62 on Thursday at Furman University Golf Club to take a one-stroke opening-round lead over Andrew Yun, Blake Adams and Stephan Jaeger in the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.

Anguaino’s 62 ties the lowest 18-hole score on the Web.com Tour this season, which was previously recorded by Nate Lashley in March at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

Making only his 13th career Web.com Tour start and ninth of the season, Anguiano eclipsed his previous low round of 66 thanks to nine birdies at the tournament’s newest venue, including five in a six-hole stretch on the back nine and chip-ins on Nos. 7 and 13.

“I hit my irons as good as I ever have today and I’ve been putting pretty well lately,” Anguiano said. “With that combination, it was a very easy round today. I missed two greens today and the two greens I missed, I chipped in. That was pretty special, it doesn’t happen too often.”

The former Cal State Fullerton golfer’s top finish on the Web.com Tour is a T23 that he posted at the 2015 Albertsons Boise Open, an event he Monday qualified for after making a double eagle on the fourth sudden-death playoff hole.

Through eight events in 2017, Anguiano has made four cuts and logged two top-25 finishes to sit 86th on the Web.com Tour money list.

“I tended to shy away from opportunities for some reason,” Anguiano said. “I told myself this week ‘don’t shy away from good opportunities, go attack them.’ That’s what I did today, so I’m going to keep pressing on the gas the next three days and see how it goes.”

Anguiano, who qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, will sleep on his first-ever lead on the Web.com Tour after a special day in his career.

“I’ve never gone this low,” Anguiano said. “I shot a few 65s before. I shot a 63 in a mini tour event but not a 62, this is pretty special.”

Yun began his week at host Thornblade Club, where after making bogey on the par-4 first hole, he rattled off four consecutive birdies en route to a 3-under front nine. The Stanford grad had birdies on three of his final four holes, including the difficult par-4 18th measuring 491 yards.

 Jaeger, who opened his week on No. 10 at The Preserve at Verdae, birdied his final two holes to shoot an 8-under 64, including a downhill 20-footer on the par-5 ninth. W2

Jaeger’s one win on the Web.com Tour came at the 2016 Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, where the 27-year-old shot the Tour’s first-ever 58 in the first round on his way to a seven-stroke victory.

Adams tied Jaeger for the low round of the day at The Preserve at Verdae thanks to a back-nine charge that included six birdies on his way to a 64 and his low round of the season.

Greenville resident Kyle Thompson opened with a 6-under-par 65 at the Furman GC on Thursday. Thompson is making his 15th start at the BMW Charity Pro-Am this week. In his 14 previous appearances, Thompson has made seven cuts and recorded three top-10s including a runner-up performance in 2003. The 65 on Thursday is his lowest first-round score in this event.

This week’s purse is $700,000 with $126,000 going to the champion.

 

 

 

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