Palladino, White hold slim lead at The Williams
Nick Palladino
Nick Palladino

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Sept. 18, 2014) — In the opening round of the John R. Williams Four-Ball Invitational, played at the renowned East Course at Oak Hill Country Club, Nick Palladino (pictured) and Oliver White shot four-under 66 to lead by a stroke.

Sitting in second place are Don Padgett III and Adam Thomarios, both from Ohio, who shot 67.

Defending champions Dave Poteet and Mike Cromer shot an even-par 70 and are tied for eighth.

In the Senior division, Dick Hogan and Mark Wagner, as well as Keith Holmes and Gay McMichael shot one-under 70. The seniors were also playing the East Course, but as a par 71. Thirteen teams are within four shots of the leaders.

Two holes in one were made on the on Thursday — both on the third hole, which played 200 yards. Chris Sekella of Naperville, Ill. made his shot in the morning round while Andrew Kay of Pittsford, N.Y. made his in the afternoon wave.

The East Course at Oak Hill has hosted six USGA events, most recently the 1998 U.S. Amateur. It has also hosted a Ryder Cup (1995) and three PGA Championships. Jason Dufner captured his first major, winning the PGA at Oak Hill in 2013.

The field will be cut to 30 and ties for the Mid-Amateur division and 8 and ties in the Senior division after Friday's round.

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ABOUT THE John R. Williams Invitational

54-hole two man best ball format. By invitation only. Entrants must have a handicap of 3.4 or less, with the team total not to exceed 5.5. Both members of teams in the Senior Division must be 55 years of age by the first day of the tournament. Senior index requirements are 4.4 individual and 7.2 team.

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