Rob Hudson doesn't feel he needs to repeat the 4-under 67 he shot Saturday in the first round of the Pine Bluff Country Club Stroke Play Championship. He just wants to shoot another good round.

Rob Hudson doesn’t feel he needs to repeat the 4-under 67 he shot Saturday in the first round of the Pine Bluff Country Club Stroke Play Championship. He just wants to shoot another good round.

The Oxford, Miss., resident put himself in great position to win it, leading Chris Jenkins by three strokes. The two men were the only golfers to break even par in the first round, as Will Hegi and Trey Schaap stand tied for third at 1-over 72.

“I grew up playing here, so it feels really good to come out and play a solid round,” said Hudson, whose grandfather Gene is the PBCC board president.

Hudson actually grew up in Fayetteville and played golf at Southern Mississippi before transferring to Ole Miss. He will complete his master of business administration degree from there in August.

Today, he could give himself an early graduation gift with a victory in this Arkansas State Golf Association-designated tournament. He birdied on six holes and bogeyed on two, shooting 2-under each on the front and back nine holes.

“I got some new irons,” Hudson said. “Sometimes it takes time feeling comfortable with new irons, but I felt like I was playing safety golf.”

He described the safety golf as not attacking pins but going for the green and putting together a good hole. He avoided a bogey on his last six holes to finish strong.

Jenkins was tied with Hudson through 16 holes, but he double-bogeyed on the par-3 17th and bogeyed on the 18th. Jenkins converted four birdies.

Pine Bluff’s Winston Sizemore had a rough Saturday with a 6-over 77. The Henderson State junior-to-be is using this tournament as a warm-up for the prestigious Southern Amateur, which starts Wednesday at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock.

“This weekend is more or less a chance for me to go out and enjoy myself, because next week it’s going to be crack-down, serious,” said Sizemore, who won a qualifier for the Southern Amateur last month. “Today was definitely a warm-up for it in a good way and a bad way.”

Schaap, a Little Rock radio personality, was at Chenal on Friday doing a live broadcast previewing the Southern Amateur. He found himself in a challenge after starting the tournament with a bogey and going out 2-over, but he started the back nine with two straight birdies.

The front nine wasn’t all bad for the KABZ-FM 103.7 broadcaster.

“I birdied probably the toughest hole out here, number 6,” Schaap said of the par-4 hole. “It’s a tight-driving hole, it’s long, it’s got that big tree down there on the left and the green is very undulating, but I was able to make the putt from about 8 feet.”

Hegi, the 2010 Bubba Smart Invitational champion from El Dorado, shot even through nine holes but had two bogeys on the back nine in his first stroke tournament of the summer.

“I played the par-5s better than anything else,” said Hegi, who shot even on all three of those holes.


PB Country Club Stroke Play

Championship Leaderboard

Open Division scores

Rob Hudson, 33-34—67

Chris Jenkins, 33-37—70

Will Hegi, 35-37—72

Trey Schaap, 37-35—72

Jamie Barker, 39-34—73

Ryan Ennis, 35-38—73

Alex Hewitt, 39-34—73

Mark Bartlett, 37-37—74

Michael Cathey, 35-39—74

Matt Feimster, 37-38—75

Andy Simmons, 38-37—75

Conner Olsen, 39-38—77

Winston Sizemore, 38-39—77

Brent Cook, 39-39—78

Mike Satterwhite, 41-37—78

Baxter Woosley, 41-39—80

Dane Duffield, 39-43—82

Spencer Dingman, 51-54—105

Mid-Senior Division scores

Randy Patterson, 39-37—76

Rob Luter, 42-46—88

Senior Gross Division scores

Bev Hargraves, 36-37—73

William J. Himm, 39-37—76

Ronnie Johnson, 40-36—76

Keith Browning, 32-45—77

Oscar Taylor, 39-38—77

Joe Starr, 40-39—79

Clark Fitts, 41-39—80

Cecil McGee, 43-41—84

Robert Green, 42-43—85

Super-Senior Gross scores

John Mayes, 36-37—73

Charly Jones, 38-37—75

Danny Young, 37-38—75

Glen Talbert, 38-40—78

Jim Balch, 40-40—80

Tom Williams, 40-40—80