Matt Savage of Louisville shot a 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the Kentucky Open at Olde Stone in Bowling Green.
The 2006 Kentucky Open champion has a four-shot lead on Jerry Price, Ryan Britt and 2001 champion Keith Ohr, all of Louisville.
Four players finished at even par — Bowling Green's Adam Gary, Danville's Ben Fuqua, Cadiz's Tyler Mitchell and Tompkinsville's Trevor Glass.
Trey Bowling, the 2008 champion from Manchester who played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky, opened with a 75.
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Also in the field are 2007 champion Phil Hendrickson (79) and 2005 champ Cale Barr (77).
The 54-hole tournament runs through Thursday.