Tallahassee, Fla. –In a field filled with battle-tested veterans, a pair of relative newcomers to the NGA TOUR made their presence known in the first round of the Killearn Country Club Classic on Thursday.
NGA rookies Wesley Graham and Trent Whitekiller opened with $200,000 event with 7-under 65s and held a share of the lead in the clubhouse when play was suspended due to darkness at 6:30 p.m. during the first round.
Whitekiller, a former All-American at Oklahoma State University from Sallisaw, Okla., played the 6,988-yard course without a bogey in the first round and rattled in seven birdies to earn a share of the clubhouse lead in his second NGA TOUR start.
"It was just one of those days," said Whitekiller, a former teammate of PGA TOUR star Rickie Fowler at OSU. "I only missed two greens and those were on the fringe. It was a stress-free round, and that doesn’t happen too often."
Graham, a former Florida State University standout from Port Orange, carded eight birdies and one bogey to join Whitekiller atop the leaderboard. Graham is making just his fifth NGA TOUR Pro Series start.