Goldberg, Lovemark share lead in Midland

Aaron Goldberg and Jamie Lovemark both carded 6-under 66s on Thursday to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the WNB Golf Classic.

Goldberg is winless on the Tour, but does have three Canadian Tour titles, while Lovemark claimed his lone Tour victory at the 2010 Mexico Open.

Luke List, who is second on the tour's money list, opened with a 5-under 67. He was joined there by Tim Wilkinson and Andres Gonzales.

Justin Hicks, a 2-time winner on the Tour, carded a 68. He stands alongside Tim Petrovic, Shane Bertsch, Cameron Percy, Erik Compton, Michael Putnam and Monday-qualifier Morgan Hoffmann at minus-4 at Midland Country Club.

Goldberg got on the board with a birdie on the par-5 12th. After three straight pars, he poured in four consecutive birdies from the 16th to get to 5-under.

The 27-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the par-5 second, but atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the fourth. Goldberg closed his round with a birdie at the ninth, his last, to share the lead.

"If you get off the fairways you're in the trees and the rough. I put myself in good position," Goldberg said. "I didn't do anything crazy and just took advantage of some par-5s."

Lovemark, who struggled badly on the PGA Tour this year, traded a bogey for a birdie from the 11th. He chipped in for eagle on the par-5 15th, but gave one of those shots back as he tripped to a bogey on the 17th.

The 2010 Tour Player of the Year made his second chip-in eagle of the round on the second. Lovemark notched back-to-back birdies at four and five, then birdied the ninth to shoot 66.

"My chipping, putting and short game has been awful. It's usually the best part of my game and something happened, I'm not really sure what, but it's been by the worst part of my game. I've tried to adjust to it. I hope it's getting better and today was a step in the right direction," said Lovemark, who played the four par-5s in 6-under par.

NOTES: Lovemark missed the cut in 10 of his 16 PGA Tour starts this year...Defending champion Danny Lee managed an even-par 72 that left him tied for 57th...Tour money leader Casey Wittenberg is taking the week off...Jerod Turner withdrew after shooting an 82 on Thursday.