The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 12, 2013

2 newcomers share lead in Buffalo Run-Prairie Moon Casinos Classic

MIAMI, Okla. — Talk about making good first impressions.

Shawn Jasper and Gregor Main, both playing on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series for the first time this year, matched 4-under-par 68s Wednesday afternoon to share the first-round lead in the $100,000 Buffalo Run-Prairie Moon Casinos Classic at Peoria Ridge Golf Course.

They hold a one-stroke advantage over Sam Powell from Tulsa, Chad Ginn from Gulfport, Miss., and Mark Walker from Fort Worth, who is fourth on the season money list at $23,698 and a winner earlier this season. Powell birdied his final three holes — Nos. 7, 8 and 9 — to move up the leaderboard.

Greg Mason from Tulsa, Zechariah Potter from Cheney, Kan., and Chris Naegel from Chesterfield, Mo., were tied at 70, and six players were tied at 71, including Chad Saladin from Rolla.

Lance Lopez and Zack Reeves, the top two on the money list through seven events, were tied for 59th place after opening-round 76s. Lopez, who has won almost $41,000, shot 37-39 with two birdies and six bogeys, including three straight on the fourth through sixth holes. Reeves, a two-time winner who has earned just over $39,000, shot 37-39 with two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole.

Jasper, 28-year-old from Marthasville, Mo., is No. 18 on the NGA Hooters Tour this season with $25,488, highlighted by a seventh-place finish and four more top-20s. With the Hooters Tour in North Carolina this week and next week, Jasper chose to play closer to home.

Jasper, who placed 16th in the NCAA Championships in 2005 as a sophomore at Missouri, shot 2-under 34 on the front nine with birdies on the seventh and eighth holes. Birdies on 10, 13 and 17 dropped him to 5-under before he bogeyed the par-4 finishing hole.

Main, 23-year-old from Danville, Calif., was a third team All-American two years ago at UCLA. He has been playing on the All-American Gateway Tour in Arizona and California this season, pocketing almost $6,700 while making the cut in four of five events. Last season he won $7,130 in four tournaments on that circuit.

Main started his first round on the back nine and made the turn at par after a bogey on 13 and birdie on 15. He then rolled in birdies on 1, 5, 8 and 9 while shooting 4-under 32 on the front.

The second round of the 72-hole event will be played today, and the co-leaders have morning tee times — Jasper at 9:10 off No. 10 and Main at 9:20 off No. 1.

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