Whittaker, Pappas share lead in Midland

Ron Whittaker

Ron Whittaker and Brendan Pappas share the first-round lead at the WNB Golf Classic after opening with 6-under 66 at Midland Country Club in Midland, Texas.

Whittaker started his day with four consecutive birdies beginning at No. 2. The 39-year-old is chasing his first Nationwide Tour win since 2007.

Pappas, who last won on the Nationwide Tour in 2006, ended with a back-nine 31 after birdieing four of his final five holes.

Seven players are tied for third at 5-under 67, including Alistair Presnell, Brandt Jobe, Nate Smith, Andrew Svoboda, Major Manning, William McGirt and Gary Woodland. Thirteen more players are T-10 at 4 under.

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