John Bachman, who won the Kentucky PGA two weeks ago at Kearney Hill Links, looks like the golfer to beat in the 93rd Kentucky Open championship this week.
Bachman, a pro at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, shot a 4-under par 68 to take the first-round lead at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron on Tuesday.
Keith Ohr, runner-up to Bachman in the state PGA, had a 69 on Tuesday and is tied for second with fellow pros Trey Bowling and Cameron Carrico, and amateur Cody Martin.
Ohr, an Irvine native who is now a club pro in Louisville, won the Kentucky Open in 2001. Bowling, who is from Manchester, took the title in 2008.
Carrico, a former Murray State standout from Owensboro, birdied three of his last four holes to card his 69.
Nicklaus Newcomb, older brother of two-time defending State Amateur champ Patrick Newcomb, is among a group at 2-under. Patrick Newcomb shot a 72.
Cale Barr of Versailles, the 2005 Open winner, posted a 78.
The field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after Wednesday's second round. The tournament concludes Thursday.
Kentucky Open first round
Par-72 Traditions G.C., Hebron
John Bachman, Louisville 68 -4
Keith Ohr, Louisville 69 -3
Trey Bowling, Manchester 69 -3
Cameron Carrico, Owensboro 69 -3
Cody Martin, Union 69 -3
Patrick Williams, Richmond 70 -2
Nicklaus Newcomb, Murray 70 -2
Jason Fryia, Burlington-a 70 -2
Austin Meyer, Lousiville 70 -2
Jeffrey Meade, Ashland-a 71 -1
Ryan Martin, Prestonsburg 71 -1
Clay Hinton, Elizabethtown-a 71 -1
Adam Gary, Bowling Green 71 -1
Kelly Maxwell, Louisville 72 E
Dillon Mays, Campbellsville-a 72 E
Ryan Britt, Louisvllle 72 E
Troy Hawkins, Louisville 72 E
Bruce Oldendick, Butler 72 E
Blake Watts, New Albany 72 E
Parker Page, Louisville-a 72 E
Patrick Newcomb, Benton-a 72 E
Logan Edelen-a, Bardstown 72 E
Blanton Farmer, Lexington-a 72 E
Shawn Tipton, Clay City 73 +1
Dustin Denzik, LaGrange-a 73 +1
Bryan Conway, Frankfort 73 +1
Jon Coleman, Louisville 73 +1
Jeremy Martin, Georgetown-a 73 +1
Hunter York, Murray-a 73 +1
Mitchell Moore, Hopkinsville 73 +1
Chris Morris, Maysville 73 +1
Aaron Watkins, Loyall 73 +1
Jason Stilley, Paducah 73 +1
Steve Cox, Hodgenville 73 +1
Chris Miller, Prospect-a 73 +1
74—Dan Brown, Louisville-a; Dan DePasquale, Louisville; Ben Fuqua, Danville; Blake Hamilton, Union-a; Jeremy Bourne, New Liberty-a; Pat Stephens, Richmond; Jerry Price, Louisville; Austin Molen, Florence; Will Bishop, Lexington-a; Jeremy Langley, Lexington; Jim Volpenhein, Union-a; Jared Flanery, Sandy Hook-a; Michael Tooley, Bowling Green-a; Ben Simpson, Lexington-a; Greg McDonald, Lexington-a.
75—Zack Butler, Richmond-a; Lucas Cromeenes, Paducah; David Snyder, Somerset-a; Cory Kaufman, Louisville; Antonio Arriola, Bowling Green; Tom Wimsatt, Union; Rick Cochran, Paducah; Jesse Massie, Louisville; Matt Bowlin, Union-a; Eddie Mudd, Louisville; Bradley Alexander, Leitchfield-a; Kevin Heitz, Louisville-a; Alex Wright, Lexington.
76—Dylan Underwood, Crestwood-a; Sam Zirnheld, Louisville-a; Tyler Potts, LaGrange-a; Garrett Hinton, Elizabethtown-a; Ralph Landrum, Crestview Hills; Kris Maffet, Elizabethtown; Roger Schoeni, Ft. Mitchell-a; Carter Hibbard, Florence-a; Colby Wollitz, Louisville.
77—David Shearer, Burlington; Jason Witten, Leitchfield-a; Stephen Montgomery, Elizabethtown-a; Andrew Pleasant, Louisville-a; Jonathon Ice, Louisville-a; Ashton Van Horne, Georgetown-a; Brett Antle, Louisville-a; Jordan Blann, Bowling Green; Grant Sturgeon, Louisville; Kelly Williams, Lexington; Chad Douglas,Louisville; Andrew Yeast, Harrodsburg-a.
78—Steve Landrum, Crittenden; Tyler Mitchell, Cadiz; Stuart Witt, Richmond-a; Ethan Johnson, Nicholasville-a; Manu Siagatonu, Elizabethtown-a; Taylor Riggs, LaGrange-a; Willis Ring, Whitesburg; Matthew Costello, Louisville; Alex Martin, Lexington; Rick Parker, Prospect-a; Cale Barr, Versailles-a; Seth Blann, Bowling Green-a; Michael Fields, Lexington; Chad Stocker, Fairdale; Russ Johnson, LaGrange; Charles Jarboe, Louisville-a.79—J.T. Ross, Danville-a; Joseph Barr, Versailles-a; Robbie Baldwin, Winchester; Ryan Glass, Louisville-a; Dustin Fowler, Louisville-a; Jacob Buchanan, Louisville-a; Aaron McDowell, Lexington; Corey Stith, Elizabethtown; Gregory Meadors, Lexington; Dakota Woodcock, Scottsville-a;
80—Micheal Carter Demary, Elizabethtown; Mason Haynes, Elizabethtown; Coty Cantrell, Lancaster-a; Tyler Cherry, Scottsville-a; David Shearn, Louisville-a; Dylan Shepard, Crestwood-a; Jared Wolfe, Louisville; Christopher Stout, Louisville-a; Steve Geisler, Nicholasville-a.
81—Matthew Bloom, Louisville-a; Zach Smith, Mt. Sterling-a; Matthew Anderson, Tompkinsville-a; Tyler Sharpe, Greensburg-a; Patrick Vadden, Louisville; Michael Odenthal, Rockfield-a.
82—Trey Render, LaGrange-a; Chris Redle, Louisville; Taylor Wisniewski, Nicholasville Chris Gilles, Lexington-a;
83—Ryne Burnett, Paducah-a; Carson Ward, Paducah-a; Cameron Fields, Bowling Green-a; Daniel Iceman, Louisville-a; Derek Neleski, Vine Grove-a; Aaron Feiock, Danville; James Wistrom, Prospect-a; Hank Whalen, Cynthiana.
84—Eric Gilliland, Louisville.
85—Christopher Doub, Louisville-a; Adam Millson, Florence-a; Larry Maxwell, Owensboro-a;
86—Patrick Schirmer, Elizabethtown; Kyle Congleton, Richmond-a.