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Albany's Broadaway tied for 30th after Day 1 at Nationwide Tour Championship

Albany's Josh Broadaway is tied for 30th after Day 1 of the Nationwide Tour Championship.

Albany's Josh Broadaway is tied for 30th after Day 1 of the Nationwide Tour Championship.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Albany native Josh Broadaway didn't hurt his chances to finish the season in the Top 25 on the money list during Day 1 of the Nationwide Tour Championship.

But he also didn't help them much, either.

Broadaway finished smack-dab in the middle of the pack of the 60-player, invitation-only field Thursday, firing an even par 72, which was good for a tie for 30th place to keep himself in contention to earn significant money by weekend's end. If he does so, it would propel him into the Top 25, which would automatically secure his PGA Tour card for next season. Broadaway entered the season-ending championship in 27th place overall, just $4,391 behind Billy Hurley III, who is in 25th place.

This week's purse is $1 million with the winner collecting $180,000 at the conclusion of play Sunday. The last-place finisher (No. 60) will collect $3,000 because there is no cut.

And Broadaway will have plenty of heat on him between now until then.

With the Top 25 players moving on to the PGA Tour next year, many of the "bubble boys" fared well in the opening round -- which was bad news for the Albany native, who was as high as No. 13 on the money list as recently as two months ago.

No. 20 Martin Flores shot a 72 and is tied for 30th; No. 21 Scott Brown shot a 75 and is tied for 55th; No. 22 Roberto Castro fired a 68 and is tied for fourth; No. 23 James Nitties shot a 73 and is tied for 45th; No. 24 Daniel Chopra had a 72 and is tied for 30th; and No. 25 Hurley III also had a 72 and is tied for 30th.

No. 26 Brett Wetterich had a 71 and is tied for 20th; No. 28 Tommy Biershenk had a 70 and is tied for 20; No. 29 29 Marco Dawson had a 75 and is tied for 55th; and No. 30 Darron Stiles fired a 68 and is tied for fourth.

South Carolina native Mark Anderson shot a 6-under par 66 to take the first-round lead at Daniel Island.

Anderson, who played college golf for South Carolina, leads by a stroke over Jason Kokrak, Ted Potter Jr. and Camilo Benedetti of Colombia. Four more players are two strokes back at 4 under.

Anderson struggled to start the tournament Thursday, needing tough putts to save par on five of his first seven holes. But he birdied six of his next seven holes, then had a bogey on No. 16 and a birdie on the final hole.

-- Staff, wire reports


Information from pgatour.com was used in this report