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Broadaway stays hot, opens at the Cox Classic in Omaha with a 6-under 65

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

OMAHA, Neb. --- Josh Broadaway's name just keeps finding it's way to the top of leaderboards.

Last month on the Nationwide Tour, the Albany native finished fourth in the Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, and fifth in the Chiquita Classic at the TPC River's Bend Course in Cincinnati.

And on Thursday, Broadaway --- who has crept up into the Top 30 on the Nationwide money list this season --- put himself into contention again, shooting a 6-under 65 in the opening round of the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.

The Byne Christian and Troy University graduate is tied for 14th-place and is three shots behind leader Tommy Biershenk.

"I have been playing well and puting myself in contention," Broadaway said in a telephone interview with the Herald late Thursday. "I have been puting myself in the heat of the battle. I am playing really solid right now and hitting solid shots. The ball is going in the hole a lot. And it makes it easier when you are making 15 footers."

And he couldn't have made another charge up the leaderboard without his putter. Broadaway hit just 23 putts --- a Day 1 low --- and recorded eight birdies, which was second only to Aaron Goldberg, who had nine birdies and is one shot back from the leader.

He made a couple of putts from the fringe of the green that helped his putting average stay low, but he still was able to sink a 20-footer on No. 4 and a 25-footer on No. 5.

Broadaway started the round with pars on Nos. 1 and 2 and a bogey on No. 3. But bouncing back from bad starts is nothing new for Broadway, who bogeyed the second hole three times and double bogeyed the first hole once in the Children Hospital Invitational in July before storming back for his fourth-place finish.

On Thursday, he erased another slow start with birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 9 to make the turn at two-under par. He birdied five of his final nine holes, including Nos. 17 and 18, to shoot a 4-under 32 on the back nine.

"The first few holes are the meat of the course," he said. "After the first three holes, it's pretty much just go after it. I missed a couple of chances on holes 1 and 2 and made a bad swing on 3, but I didn't worry about it too much. I knew I would have some chances on the final 15 holes."

Broadaway tees off at 9:50 a.m. today with Clayton Rask (-4) and Bryan DeCorso (+1), and the tournament will be aired on the Golf Channel from 10 a.m. to Noon.

"I am looking forward to the next three days," Broadaway said. "Hopefully I can make three more 65s, and we will see what happens."