With temperatures nearing 100, Hudson blistered the course with a six-under par 65 to take a one-stroke lead into today’s second round. Hudson is a three-time champion of the tournament, winning titles in 1991, 2003 and 2004.
Hudson’s lead should come as no surprise. He won the U.S. Senior Open qualifier at Musgrove in June, shooting a two-under 69 to take the event by two strokes. He will play in the U.S. Senior Open set for July 29-Aug. 1 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
He wasn’t the only golfer to go low on Friday.
A total of 13 golfers shot under par in the opening round. The trio of John Lyon, Mark Lindsey and Mike Greer sits one stroke back of Hudson at 66.
A couple of former champs are right on their heels, two shots off the lead at four-under par. Andrew Freeman, the 2006 champ, and Bobby Spiller, the 2008 winner, are tied for fifth place at 67.
The foursome of Hudson, Lyon, Lindsey and Greer will tee off from the No. 1 hole at 1:20 p.m. today.
A total of 154 golfers are taking part in this year’s tournament, which will conclude on Sunday.