SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Travis Hampshire shot a tournament-record 12-under 60 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am.
The 30-year-old Hampshire birdied the final two holes on The Carolina Country Club course, one of three courses used in the event. He finished with an eagle and 10 birdies for the 15th 60 in Nationwide history. Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey and Jason share the tour record of 59.
“I had a really good warmup session this morning and you know that this is the kind of course you’ve got to take advantage of. It’s got the softest greens of the three courses,” said Hampshire, who missed the cuts in his last three starts. “You knew you had to shoot a good round here to get off to a good start.”
The former Purdue star holed a 25-foot putt on No. 18.
“It was a quick putt, so I wanted to lag it down there, make four and have a good round,” Hampshire said. “I thought I might have hit it a little hard at first. It was just a bonus that it went in. I’ve shot a couple of 61s but this one is pretty gratifying.”
Stephen Gangluff, Greg Owen and Darron Stiles opened with 65s on The Carolina Country Club course, Garth Mulroy and Woody Austin had 7-under 65s at the par-72 Bright’s Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring, N.C., and Brendon Todd and Will MacKenzie had 7-under 64s in Greer, S.C., at the Thornblade Club, the host course in the three-course rotation.