Greer, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Rod Pampling birdied five of his last six holes Thursday to grab a 2-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Pampling played his opening round at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. He has two PGA Tour wins to his name, along with a victory on the European Tour.
The Reserve (par-72) along with the Thornblade Club and Green Valley Country Club (par-72) are used the first three days before the final round is played at the par-71 Thornblade Club.
Jason Allred (The Reserve) and Si Woo Kim (Green Valley) share second place at 7-under 65.
Alistair Presnell and Tyler Aldridge carded 6-under 66s at The Reserve. They were joined at minus-6 by Aron Price, Miguel Angel Carballo and Mark Blakefield, who all played the Thornblade Club in round one.
Ten more players are tied for ninth at minus-5.
Pampling started on the back nine Thursday and opened with four pars in a row. He dropped in back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15. Another gain at the 17th moved him to 3-under.
The Australian followed a par at the 18th with a birdie at the first. He parred two and three before catching fire.
Pampling dropped in his fifth birdie of the day on No. 4. He followed that with four straight birdies from the fifth to soar into the lead at 9-under. Pampling parred the ninth to end two clear of the field.
"I got here yesterday and had a look around and it's just one of those courses that just looks good to the eye," Pampling said of The Reserve. "There's a lot of tee shots that set up really well for me and we took advantage of it."
Allred opened with birdies at the 10th and 13th to go with seven pars on his opening nine. After making the turn, Allred flew up the leaderboard.
He moved to 4-under with birdies at one and three. Allred jumped to 6-under with an eagle on the par-5 fifth. He followed with a birdie on the sixth before closing with three straight pars.
"It was a good fun day. Golf wise, I played really nicely and had a couple of good breaks," stated Allred. "(Our group) had a great time and it helped me take my mind off what I was doing."
Kim ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the third. Another gain at the eighth moved him to minus-4. Around the turn, Kim birdied the par-4 12th and followed with two more pars.
The 25-year-old birdied the 15th and 16th to move within two of the lead. Kim ended there as he parred the last two holes to close out a bogey-free round.
NOTES: Pampling has played three Web.com Tour events this year with a tie for eighth at the Colombia Championship being his best finish ... Nick Flanagan (68) and Shane Bertsch (73) are both looking to win this event for a third time ... Marc Turnesa played his first 10 holes in 4-over par, then went eagle-birdie-birdie-eagle to jump to minus-2, then birdied the last for an opening-round 68 at the Thornblade Club.