Palm Beach Gardens, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tain Lee fired a 7-under 65 on Thursday and he grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Lee, who played the Fazio Course at PGA National, has played five Web.com Tour events over the last three years, but has made the cut in just one of those five.
Play rotates over the Champion Course and the Fazio Course at PGA National for the six-round tournament. The Champion Course hosts the PGA Tour's Honda Classic each spring.
Kyle Scott and Rick Cochran share second place at minus-6, and they both played the Fazio Course on Thursday.
Ted Purdy and Rob Oppenheim stand at minus-6. Purdy posted a 66 on the Champions Course and Oppenheim carded a 67 at the Fazio Course.
Matt Fast opened with a 4-under 67 on the Champions Course. He was joined at minus-4 by Justin Peters, Dustin Bray, Seamus Power, Cory Renfrew and Jhared Hack, who all shot 68 on the Fazio Course.
Lee started the day on the back nine and he tripped to a bogey at the 10th. After five pars in a row, he atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the par-3 16th.
After a pair of pars, Lee put together a scorching front nine. He birdied the first, but gave that right back as he bogeyed the second.
Lee ran off seven consecutive birdies from the third to close out his round and soar into the lead.
"I did not play well in my practice sessions early in the week and today's warm-up was horrible," admitted Lee, who won the Jack Nicklaus award as the Division III golfer of the year in 2010. "It's clearly a marathon and not a sprint, as everyone keeps saying."
Scott started with birdies at the first and sixth. After dropping a shot on the ninth, Scott jumped up the leaderboard with five straight birdies from the 10th.
After a pair of pars, Scott moved to 7-under with a birdie on the 17th, but he closed with a bogey at the last to end one back.
Cochran, who is the nephew of PGA and Champions Tour winner Russ Cochran, birdied the fourth to go with five pars in his first six holes. He faltered to a bogey on the par-3 seventh, but that was his only dropped shot of the day.
The 28-year-old posted three birdies in a 4-hole span from the ninth to climb to minus-3. After he parred the 13th and 14th, Cochran also birdied three of the last four holes to gain a piece of second place.
NOTES: Lee was a four-time All-American golfer at Claremont McKenna College and he won the Division III Individual title in 2010 ... Cochran missed the cut in his lone Web.com Tour start, while Scott has never played a single event on the PGA or Web.com Tour.