Three Share Clubhouse Lead


GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Brett Wetterich fired a 6-under-par 65 Thursday to grab a share of the lead with the first round of the LaSalle Bank Open suspended. Wetterich is joined in the lead by Dicky Pride and Victor Schwamkrug.
Play was delayed at the outset of the round for three hours due to rain. That delay eventually caused play to be stopped due to darkness. The first round will resume at 8:30 a.m. (ET). The second round will start at 9:00 a.m., an hour later than scheduled.
Ricky Barnes, who earlier in the week fell in a playoff to lose out on qualifying for next week's U.S. Open, posted a 5-under-par 66. He shares fourth place with James Driscoll and Mark Wilson, who also completed their rounds. Mathew Goggin stands at minus-5 through 17 holes, while Jeff Street is also at 5 under having completed 11 holes at The Glen Club.
Wetterich tripped out of the gate with a bogey at the second, but quickly erased that error. He ran off three consecutive birdies from the third to move to minus-2.
The 2003 Chitimacha Louisiana Open winner grabbed his fourth birdie at the 10th. Wetterich again reeled off three straight birdies from the par-4 13th to move into a share of the lead.
Pride picked up back-to-back birdies from the second. After a bogey at the sixth, he fought right back with a birdie at the very next hole.
The 34-year-old birdied the 10th to get to 3 under. He faltered to a bogey at the next, but birdied the next three holes to move to minus-5. He picked up a birdie at the last to tie for the lead.
'I rolled the ball so good today it was a joke,' Pride said. 'I gave myself a lot of opportunities today. I hit the ball pretty solid, but I can hit it better.'
Schwamkrug, one of the biggest hitters on tour, opened with an eagle after driving the green at the 333-yard par-4 10th. He spread three more birdies over the next eight holes to make the turn at 5 under.
On the front side, Schwamkrug birdie the par-3 fourth to get to 6 under. He moved into the lead by himself with a birdie at the par-4 eighth. However, he faltered to a bogey at the ninth, his last.
'I'm just happy to be here,' said Schwamkrug, who is playing thanks to a sponsor's exemption. 'Obviously I've played well here. This course allows me to be aggressive. I guess I hit a bad putt on the last hole. But my chip lipped out and it could have easily gone in. That is just the way it is.'
Ryuji Imada, who picked up a playoff win at the Charity Pro-AM at The Cliffs earlier this year, posted a 4-under-par 67. He is joined there by Brendan Jones, a three-time runner-up this season, Robert Garrigus, Doug LaBelle II, Craig Lile, Scott Petersen and Fran Quinn. Chris Tidland is also at minus-4 through 17 holes.
A pair of former winners on the PGA Tour, Mike Standly (1993 Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic) and David Ogrin (1996 Texas Open) are one stroke further back at minus-3. They are tied there by Doug Barron and Scott Parel, who are both finished. Also at minus-3, but still on the course, are Dave Cunningham (16 holes), Scott Gump (15), Tom Scherrer (15), Mike Springer (13) and David McKenzie (11).
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