Four Share Lead at BuyCom Boise Open

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Charles Raulerson posted a 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Charles Warren, Rob McKelvey and Michael Long at the Buy.Com Boise Open.
 
This is the first event back for the Buy.Com Tour as last week's Oregon Classic was cancelled after the terrorist attacks on the United States last Tuesday.
 
At 9:00 a.m. (ET), horns sounded and a 10-minute tribute took place in memory of the victims at New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The ceremony included bag pipes, a message from the Governor of Idaho and a rendition of 'God Bless America' by the Boise State University band.
 
Raulerson got off to a rocky start with a bogey at his opening hole, the 10th at Hillcrest Country Club. He rebounded with a seven-foot birdie putt at No. 12 and three birdies in a row, starting at No. 14. Raulerson added a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th for a front-nine 31.
 
'My putting has been much better than it has in a long, long time,' said Raulerson, who birdied his final hole Thursday to earn a share of the lead. 'I got back to using my short putter and the ball is rolling better than it ever has been.'
 
Warren opened with a pair of birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 but they were quickly erased with bogeys at the sixth and eighth. He birdied six of his last seven, including the last four holes, to vault into a share of the lead.
 
'As tragic as everything has been, it gave me a week off to work on my ball striking,' said Warren. 'It's not what I want it to be.'
 
McKelvey used an ace at the par-3 4th to fly out of the gate. He struck a 7-iron at the 182-yard hole and watched as the ball kicked left and rolled into the cup.
 
'It took a little pressure off but there was a lot of golf left,' said McKelvey, referring to his hole in one. 'It's really rare that I'm sitting here taking advantage of the par-threes.'
 
McKelvey birdied two of the remaining par-threes, the eighth and 17th for his 66.
 
Long was flawless on Thursday with three birdies and an eagle.
 
Casey Martin, Don Reese, Sonny Skinner, Matt Peterson, David Sutherland, D.A. Points, Craig Bowden, Tjaart van der Walt and Billy Judah share fifth at 4-under par.
 
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