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Tom Pernice Jr.-Scott Hoch lead Legends of Golf

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

In this Oct. 30, 2016 photo, Tom Pernice Jr. hits on the 18th fairway during the final round of the PowerShares QQQ Championship golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
In this Oct. 30, 2016 photo, Tom Pernice Jr. hits on the 18th fairway during the final round of the PowerShares QQQ Championship golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
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RIDGEDALE, Mo. – Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch teamed to shoot a 9-under 62 on Friday in best-ball play at Ozarks National to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

The teams of Shaun Micheel-Loren Roberts, Ken Tanigawa-Gene Sauers and Roger Chapman-David Frost were a stroke back.

Pernice and Hoch had five straight birdies in the middle of the round.

“I got going early and I just kept filling it up and hitting some good shots,” Hoch said. “I told him early, I said, “Hey, I’ll get the front, you get the back,” and that’s kind of what happened.”

The 59-year-old Pernice has five victories on the 50-and-over tour. The 63-year-old Hoch has three senior victories.

“It’s just nice to come out here and play well,” Pernice said. “It’s nice to get off to a good start. I think it’s important to get off to a good start in this format and to get this course done and now we can go over and play the same greens on the par 3 two days in a row.”

Micheel-Roberts and Chapman-Frost shot 63 at Ozarks National. Tanigawa-Sauers had an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course, playing the first nine holes on the nine-hole layout in modified alternate shot and the second nine in best ball.

“It’s a lot of fun for me,” Tanigawa said. “It’s something we don’t play, so to have the opportunity to have a partner like Gene, it sure makes it a lot easier.”

The team will rotate courses at Big Cedar Lodge on Saturday, then all play the final round Sunday on the par-3 course.

Defending champions Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett had a 4-under 50 on the par-3 layout.

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