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Ladd Has Lead After One Round in Panama

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Canadian Tour-LargeAmerican David Ladd carded a 6-under 66 and has a one-shot lead over four players after the opening round of the Panasonic Panama Open, the first event of the 2002 Canadian Tour season.
 
Dave Christiensen, a three-time runner-up last year, heads the group of four tied for second place. The former Minnesota amateur champion is joined by Jedd McLuen, Mike McNerney and Mario Tiziani.
 
Jamie Gomez, a former winner of this tournament, is tied for sixth-place with nine players at 4-under-par, including 2001 Canadian Tour Order of Merit winner Aaron Barber.
 
Other notables in the field include former University of Florida standout Steve Scott, who opened with a 2-under 70, and two-time Buy.Com Tour winner Sonny Skinner, who started with a 71. Former PGA Tour player Rex Caldwell, who posted a top-10 finish at this event last year, shot a 3-over 75.
 
Defending champion Steve Runge struggled to an opening 74.
 
The Panasonic Panama Open kicks off a year that will see the Canadian Tour make stops in Central America, the United States, Mexico and Canada.
 
The players are competing for a first-place prize of $37,220.