Lake Tahoe, NV (Sports Network) - Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien put up
27 points in the modified Stableford system to capture the first-round lead
ahead of perennial contenders John Elway and Jeremy Roenick as the American
Century Championship kicked off Friday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Rypien ended two points ahead of actor Lucas Black, and former NFL quarterback
Chris Chandler was one behind that with 24. Golden State Warriors star guard
Steph Curry was tied with Elway and Roenick at 22 points in the $600.000, 54-
hole event that uses a scoring system awarding graduated points for pars or
Rypien won the inaugural event in 1990 and finished second a year ago. He has
eight top-10 finishes in 21 starts.
"I got it going on my first nine holes and scored by far my best in all the
years I have played here," said Rypien. "The fountain of youth is not in my
favor, but I think I am playing better golf now than when I first came out
Rypien's round was buoyed by an eagle-3 on the par-5 16th hole, where he hit a
hybrid to eight feet and made the putt.
Curry is on the leaderboard following a standout season with the Golden State
Warriors that moved him into the top tier of backcourt players in the NBA.
"I was hitting it pretty well and a few putts fell on the back nine. I avoided
bogey all day," stated Curry. "This is weird talking golf, by the way."
Black had his best round in three years at the event, shooting a 1-under-par
71. Chandler led for a time on the second nine before making a double bogey on
his second to last hole (the 8th).
Defending champion Dan Quinn, a five-time winner and former NHL star,
struggled with only 13 points and last year's runner-up Jack Wagner finished
with only 10 points.
The event will be televised by NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. ET.
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