Gavin Hall, 15, shoots 78 in PGA Tour debut at Turning Stone tournament in New York

Gavin Hall's debut on the PGA Tour didn't go as well as planned, and yet even though he shot a 6-over-par 78 in the first round of the Turning Stone Championship he was still smiling.

What's not to smile about? The kid is only 15.

"It was a good day. It was all right, just a struggle from the first hole as you guys could see," said Hall, who is trying to become the second-youngest player in tour history to make a tournament cut. "But that's going to happen in golf. It was just unfortunate, one of my bad days of golf happened at a PGA Tour event.

"But I still have a lot of confidence," said Hall, who shot a 10-under-par 62 two weeks ago to set a scoring record at the U.S. Junior Amateur. "I've been having strong finishes the last three or four weeks. I think I can definitely improve on it and post a good number (Friday)."

Hall, a left-hander from Pittsford, N.Y., was followed by a gallery of about 200 fans, by far the day's largest. He opened with a double bogey before making birdie at the par-5 fifth hole. He then hit trouble on the back nine with bogeys at the 12th and 14th and a triple bogey at No. 13.

"Middle part of the round was just rough. I wasn't in rhythm," he said. "I learned to keep your emotions in control. That's the thing."

Hall played in a threesome with New Zealander Tim Wilkinson, who had to qualify on Monday, and Cameron Tringale. Wilkinson, a fellow lefty, was impressed with his young playing partner.

"It's hard watching someone that's a little bit nervous on the first few holes. I think he had a little bit of adrenaline going early on," said Wilkinson, who shot a 5-under 67. "He hit it over a few greens, but after that he played really well. As long as he has fun and learns from it, he's got a big future in front of him. He's got a good game."

Rain delayed play in the morning for nearly three hours.