Albany's Broadaway in hunt after 1st round

Josh Broadaway

Josh Broadaway

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- One week after a disappointing performance in the Nationwide Tour's Miccosukee Classic in Miami during which Albany golf pro Josh Broadaway failed to make the cut by shooting a two-round total of 1-over, Broadaway rebounded Thursday at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open by finishing the first round tied for 28th overall at a 1-over.

And while 1-over isn't usually considered a particularly great score in pro golf, Broadaway will take it after only 14 players in the 144-player field managed to break par in rough, windy conditions. Matt Hendrix leads at 4-under, putting Broadaway just five shots back heading into today's all-important Round 2.

Broadaway, who climbed as high as No. 13 on the Tour's money list this season, began the Nationwide's second-to-last tournament of the season at No. 26 after falling three spots last week because he missed the cut in Miami. He needs to only finish in the Top 25 in the end-of-the-year money list to automatically earn his PGA Tour card and finally graduate from pro golf's lower-tied tour after more than a decade of trying. That means the Byne Christian alum desperately needs to earn money of some kind this week to keep pace and not fall further back heading into the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship next week in Charleston, S.C.

This is the closest Broadaway has ever come to earning his PGA Tour card, and he took a big step toward seeing that dream come true Thursday.

Despite tough conditions, Broadaway -- one of the last players to tee off Thursday -- went 1-under on the front nine after birdies on Nos. 2 and 6, but a bogey on No. 4 kept him from shooting one of the lowest scores of the blustery day before making the turn.

It was the back nine which cost Broadaway any shot of ending the first round in the Top 10 as he bogeyed Nos. 10, 13 and 17, and got one birdie on No. 16.

Broadaway has earned $162,760 this season and is only $1,182 behind Mark Anderson, who currently sits at No. 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list. Anderson shot a 1-under Thursday and was tied for 10th.