Three lead after first round of Knoxville Open

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

June 19, 2008

FARRAGUT (WVLT) -- Pristine conditions and crisp play led to low scores in the first round of the Knoxville Open Thursday at Fox Den Country Club.

Knoxville's Chris Kirk shot a six-under-par 66 to top the leaderboard alongside Arjun Atwal and Jarrod Lyle.

Several other locals fared well during the tournament's first round. Strawberry Plains' Caleb Marsh finished the day one-under, while Knoxvillian Keith Nolan shot two-under and UT golfer Phillip Pettit ended the day at even par.

The first day of the Nationwide Tour event drew a strong turnout, the 80-degree temperatures providing fans and players alike with a pleasant atmosphere.

The first golfers tee off Friday at 7:15am.

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