There is a four-way tie at the top after the first round of the South Central Section PGA Professional Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.
Tyler Woodward of Jimmie Austin, Mike Hansen of Duncan Golf Club, Tim Fleming of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club and Mark Fuller of Surrey Hills each shot rounds of even-par 72. They are one-shot ahead of Troy Hendricks of Auburn Hills in Wichita and Jon Burton of Hardscrabble CC in Fort Smith, Ark.
The 68-man field is competing for the section title but also for five spots in the national PGA Professional Championship to be held April 28-May 1 at Belfair of Bluffton, S.C.
The 52nd edition of the PGA Professional Championship will be conducted for the first time in the spring. All four rounds will be broadcast live on Golf Channel. The Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA. The move to the spring coincides with the move of the PGA Championship to May 16-19. The top 20 club professionals at the PGA Professional Championship qualify for the PGA Championship.