Midland, Texas – Alex Cejka, Todd Hamilton and Daniel Chopra all shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to share the lead at the WNB Golf Classic.
The leaders are followed by Brian Duncan, Joe Durant, Jeff Klauk, Joseph Bramlett and Josh Broadaway, who each finished their first round at Midland Country Club a shot back at 5-under 67.
Four-time PGA Tour winner Heath Slocum is among a group of eight players tied for ninth place at minus-4.
Cejka was the lone member of the leaders to not record a bogey-free round.
His first dropped shot came at the sixth after he opened his day strong with a trio of birdies at the first, second and fourth.
But he answered that bogey with three more birdies in a five-hole stretch starting at the eighth before he slipped to his second bogey of the round at the 13th to drop to 4-under.
Cejka, however, closed with two more birdies at the 15th and 17th to move into the top of the leaderboard.
"We got a little bit lucky today," Cejka said. "It wasn't as windy today as the last couple of days. It was a little chilly this morning, but for the first six or seven holes, no wind."
Hamilton started on the back nine and opened with two pars before rolling in back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th.
After parring his next six holes, he snapped the streak with a birdie at the second.
He then grabbed a share of the lead with three straight birdies starting at the fourth before closing with three pars.
Chopra also started on the back nine, but raced out of the gate by alternating birdies and pars from the 12th to the 18th to hit the turn at 4-under.
Back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth moved him to 6-under and he ended his day with five straight pars.
"I'm not really worried about too many things," said Chopra. "As poorly as I drove it, I still shot 66. I imagine that will improve. I don't know, it was just one of those days."
NOTES: Defending champion Luke Guthrie is not in the field as he is now playing on the PGA Tour ... The top nine players on the money list are in the field, including four tournament winners this year -- Edward Loar, Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Kisner and Kevin Foley.