According to the Champions Tour website, Americans Bart Bryant and Tom Pernice Jr. lead after the first round of the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic at the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary on Friday. Bryant, of Gatesville, Texas, and Pernice Jr., of Kansas City, Missouri, are at eight under par.
Bryant and Pernice Jr. each lead David Frost of South Africa by a stroke. Americans Joe Durant and Joe Daley are two strokes back at -6, with Australian Steve Elkington, Irishman Steve McNulty and Americans Michael Allen, Woody Austin and Craig Stadler at -5 and three strokes off the lead. The top Canadian is Rod Spittle of St. Catharines, Ontario who is at -2 and tied for 34th.
Pernice Jr. had six consecutive birdies on his card. After a bogey on the eighth hole, Pernice Jr. was one under par on every hole from the ninth hole to the 14th hole. Bryant meanwhile was a -5 on the back nine.
Among the major winners in contention are Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship and Stadler, who won the 1982 Masters Tournament. At 61 years of age, Stadler continues to golf at a high level.
Bryant has one Champions Tour victory in his career. He won the 2013 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Binghamton, New York where he shot a -16 and beat Corey Pavin and Russ Cochran by a stroke. Bryant’s best year on the regular PGA Tour came in 2005 where he won the Memorial Tournament and the Tour Championship. His Tour Championship victory came on November 6, 2005 when he shot a -17 to beat Tiger Woods by six strokes.
Pernice Jr. has three Champions Tour victories in his career. He won the 2009 SAS Championship, the 2013 3M Championship and the 2014 Principal Charity Classic. Pernice Jr. had two PGA Tour victories. He won the 1999 Buick Open and the 2001 International Tournament. The International Tournament is unique because it uses the modified Stableford scoring system.