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Albany's Broadaway stays hot, takes Day 1 lead at Nationwide Tour event in Pennsylvania

Albany native Josh Broadaway shot a 7-under 61 on Day 1 of the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic on Thursday in Cannonsburg, Pa., to grab the overall lead after one round.

Albany native Josh Broadaway shot a 7-under 61 on Day 1 of the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic on Thursday in Cannonsburg, Pa., to grab the overall lead after one round.

CANNONSBURG, Pa. -- Is there a hotter golfer on the Nationwide Tour right now?

That's likely one of the questions Josh Broadaway's peers are asking themselves as the Albany native -- who's had a torrid last two months, going from 156th on the money list all the way to No. 13 thanks to five straight Top 15 finishes -- was the leader after the first round Thursday of the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic.

Broadaway scorched the course with a 7-under 64 for a two-shot lead over Chris Epperson, while five other players are tied for third after firing 67s.

Broadaway, who is still searching for his first professional victory on tour, has earned $149,518 this season -- and that's more money than he's earned his entire five-year career playing on golf's lower-tiered professional circuit. He's been close before to earning his PGA Tour card -- to do that, players have to finish in the Top 25 on the money list at the end of the year -- but with the way he's playing now, the Byne Christian alum is closing in on a chance to finally graduate to the Big Show.

He had eight birdies Thursday and doesn't appear to be slowing down heading into today's second round, which will start later in the morning after the first round was suspended by rain late Thursday.

"It wasn't really easy," Broadaway told PGATour.com. "I was hitting some loose shots and getting some good breaks."

But his putter is what made the biggest difference.

"Anytime you're making putts it takes away the pressure off the rest of your game. You don't feel like you have to hit it close all the time," he told the website. "You can be 'aggressively conservative' where you hit it out there 25 feet because you know you may make one."

A 30-footer at No. 7 for par was huge, Broadaway later said.

"I was rolling it really good on the putting green today," he said. "It felt really good in my hands early and I got it going. The way my confidence has been lately, as soon as I started seeing a few go in, it was just off to the races."