Friday, July 15, 2005
By: Lance Walker UA Media Relations
TUSCALOOSA- Former University of Alabama golfer Lars Brovold shot a three over par 75 in the first round of the 134th British Open Championship Thursday. The Open is being played at the legendary Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Brovold bogeyed his first hole of the championship. He then birdied number four to get back to even par. Bogeys on holes eight and nine gave him a front nine score of 38. Brovold made par on holes 10-16 before he double bogeyed number 17. He finished with a birdie on his final hole to shoot 75.
Tiger Woods leads the British Open after firing a six under par 66. Brovold is currently T96th with notables Chris DiMarco, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus, who is playing in his final British Open, has won the championship three times.
Brovold qualified for the tournament by shooting 66-64 at the local qualifier. In fact, during his round of 64 he shot a 27 on his back nine. After Friday’s second round, the field will be cut. TNT will broadcast the second round on Friday, and ABC will pick up weekend coverage.
Brovold finished his career at Alabama in 2004. In 2002, he shot a 63 at the Mason Rudolph tournament in Nashville. That is the lowest score ever recorded by an Alabama golfer in a college tournament. In 2003, he was named 2nd team All-SEC.