Shawn Stefani of Baytown posted a first-round 65 to grab the lead at the midpoint of today's 36-hole, U.S. Open qualifier in Dallas.
Stefani's 5-under par total in his first of two rounds gave him a one-stroke lead over Oklahoma City's Bruno Buccolo (4-under) heading into the afternoon rounds at Northwood Club. Golfers who advance from today's qualifier earn berths in the U.S. Open, June 18-21 in Farmingdale, N.Y.
None of the three Tarrant County residents competing broke even-par 71 in the opening round. Their scores: Ryan Palmer (71), Mike Brisky (73) and Mark Walker (74).
Below is a look at the scoreboard heading into today's afternoon rounds:
U.S. Open sectional qualifier
Monday at Northwood Club, Dallas
(36 hole competition)
Tommy Armour III=69-
_ Jimmy Burch