Rhoden in middle of pack after 18
Retired major league pitcher Rick Rhoden isn’t where he wants to be after the first round of Champions Tour qualifying finals, but he’s not out of contention either.
Rhoden, a six-time American Century Championship winner, was tied for 42nd place after 18 holes of the 108-hole event at the King & The Bear World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
The 51-year-old Rhoden shot an even-par 72 and trails first-round leader Mike San Filippo by seven strokes. Rhoden birdied the fifth hole and remained one under until a up-and-down five-hole finishing stretch. He followed a bogey on the par-3 14th with a birdie on No. 15. But Rhoden bogeyed the next two holes before concluding his day with a birdie.
Forty-seven players in the 91-player field shot 70, 71, 72 or 73, so one outstanding round could really vault a player up the leader board. To receive a fully exempt or partial tour card players must finish in the top 15. Former Reno resident Butch Sheehan, the brother of LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan, also shot a 72. Tom Dawson of Reno was 10 strokes off the pace at 75.