Travis Hampshire shoots 60 in Nationwide event

Travis Hampshire shot a tournament-record 12-under 60 on

Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Nationwide Tour’s BMW

Charity Pro-Am.

The 30-year-old Hampshire birdied the final two holes on The

Carolina Country Club course, one of three courses used in the

event. He finished with an eagle and 10 birdies for the 15th 60 in

Nationwide history. Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey and Jason share

the tour record of 59.

”I had a really good warmup session this morning and you know

that this is the kind of course you’ve got to take advantage of.

It’s got the softest greens of the three courses,” said Hampshire,

who missed the cuts in his last three starts. ”You knew you had to

shoot a good round here to get off to a good start.”

The former Purdue star holed a 25-foot putt on No. 18.

”It was a quick putt, so I wanted to lag it down there, make

four and have a good round,” Hampshire said. ”I thought I might

have hit it a little hard at first. It was just a bonus that it

went in. I’ve shot a couple of 61s but this one is pretty

gratifying.”

Stephen Gangluff, Greg Owen and Darron Stiles opened with 65s on

The Carolina Country Club course, Garth Mulroy and Woody Austin had

7-under 65s at the par-72 Bright’s Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring,

N.C., and Brendon Todd and Will MacKenzie had 7-under 64s in Greer,

S.C., at the Thornblade Club, the host course in the three-course

rotation.