David McKenzie, who already has some status on the Champions Tour after several good finishes when playing a few events via Monday qualifying in recent months, opened with a round of 2 under 69 to be in a share of 19th place in the while Peter Lonard is in 41st position after his opening round of even par 71.
McKenzie was at 4 under par through 10 holes of his round before dropping two shots over his closing holes while Lonard began his round with an eagle at his first hole before dropping three shots then added a birdie at the last.
Both are playing for one of just five cards available although as stated earlier McKenzie already enjoys some status.
Lonard has played just the one Champions Tour event when finishing third behind Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl in July.
The event, which is being played over 72 holes, is led after day one by Brian Henninger who opened with a round of 61 to be at 10 under.
He leads by two in what was a day of low scoring.
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