Surprise Leader in Dallas


Meet Bill Brask. He's a 53-year-old Minnesotan who served as the head professional for 19 years at the Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prarie, MN. He's a three-time Minnesota PGA Section champion. He's a rookie on the Senior PGA Tour. And he's your leader through 18 holes of the Bank One Championship.
With 24 of the top 25 players on the 2000 money list in attendance at the Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, TX, it's No. 42 who leads the way after the first round. Brask fired a career-best 8-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over Kermit Zarley; two shots lower than six others.
Friday, Brask carded eight birdies to nary a bogey en route to his first overnight lead on the Senior circuit. The last time Brask came close to sniffing the top spot was at the Novell Utah Showdown. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher opened in 65, but shot 75-71 over the weekend to tie for 26th.
Brask has played in 31 of the 32 prior events on the 2000 Senior schedule. The one tournament he missed, he wasn't eligible for - the season-opening MasterCard Championship, which allows only players who won the previous year to compete.
Next week, Zarley will turn 59 years old. This week, he'd like an early birthday present. Seeking his first victory since the 1994 Transamerica, Zarley posted nine birdies and two bogeys for a first-round 65.
At 7-under-par, Zarley in one shot clear of Doug Tewell, Jose Maria Canizares, Jim Albus, Lee Trevino, Bob Murphy and John Morgan. Larry Nelson is three shots off the lead at 5-under. Tom Kite and Bruce Fleisher are four back at 4-under. Defending champion Tom Watson is tied for 33rd after opening in 2-under-par 70.