Carter Catches Fire

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GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Tom Carter scorched the front nine en route to an 8-under-par 64 Thursday and the lead after the first round of the Henrico County Open. Carter stand two strokes clear of seven players.
 
This event was originally scheduled for the final weekend in May, but was washed out by heavy rain throughout the week. It was the first time since the 1997 Shreveport Open that a Nationwide event had been cancelled.
 
Hunter Haas and D.J. Brigman posted 6-under-par rounds of 66 to share second place with Daniel Chopra, Lucas Glover, Sung Man Lee, Sonny Skinner and Bo Van Pelt.
 
Carter began his day on the front nine of The Dominion Club. He got going with a birdie at the par-5 second. He took advantage of the next par-5, No. 4, with his second birdie of the day.
 
Carter, who won his first Nationwide crown two weeks ago at the Canadian Open, followed with a birdie at the par-4 fifth. He made it three straight at the sixth and capped a run of four straight when he drained a birdie at the par-4 seventh. He closed out his outstanding front nine with a birdie at the par-3 ninth.
 
'I'm still riding a lot of confidence from two weeks ago,' said Carter, a Temple University alum. 'For anybody, once you cross a hurdle it's a lot easier to gain a lot of confidence.'
 
On the back side, Carter parred five consecutive holes before moving to minus- 7 with a birdie at the 15th. He closed out his bogey-free round with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
 
'I'm definitely so much more relaxed now when I'm playing,' said Carter. 'I tried to press too much in Arkansas and make birdies when I didn't really need to. I let that tournament get away. After that, I put too much pressure on myself to get back in that position and win.'
 
Glover, unlike Carter, had an up-and-down nine. Glover posted three straight birdies from the third and moved to 4-under with a birdie at the par-4 seventh.
 
Around the turn, Glover did not card a par on the back nine. He started with a double-bogey at the 10th, but answered that with his second run of three consecutive birdies.
 
He dropped a shot at the 14th, then came back to convert back-to-back birdies from the 15th. He dropped another stroke at the 17th, but closed out his round by birdieing the last for a 66.
 
'I thought I had 137 yards to the pin,' said Glover about his shot to the 10th green. 'Turns out I had only 120. But the greens are true and the guys here are going to make putts. If the wind stays down, I'll need three more of these 66s to win.'
 
Zach Johnson, who won the Rheem Classic earlier this season, posted a 5- under-par 67. He shares ninth place with Emlyn Aubrey, Craig Bowden, David Branshaw, Bobby Gage, Chris Zambri, Zoran Zorkic and Johnson Wagner.
 
Joe Ogilvie, who picked up his second win of the season last week, struggled to a 2-over-par 74.
 
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