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Staten, Prouty share lead in Utah
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - B.J. Staten and Brian Prouty posted matching rounds of 8-under 63 on Thursday and they share the lead after one round of the Utah Championship.
Both players are winless on the Web.com Tour and Prouty has been in a funk of late missing his last eight cuts.
Adam Hadwin carded a 7-under 64 at Willow Creek Country Club to grab a share of third place. He was joined there by Matt Weibring, Derek Fathauer and Kevin Foley.
Shane Bertsch and Patrick Sheehan are among eight players tied for seventh at minus-6.
Staten, who missed six cuts in nine starts earlier this year, started on the back nine Thursday and parred his first two holes. He poured in three consecutive birdies from the 12th before posting six straight pars from the 15th.
The 35-year-old again carded three birdies in a row, this time from the third to jump to 6-under. Staten earned a piece of the lead as he birdied his final two holes.
Prouty, who posted his first round in the 60s since round two of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, opened with an eagle at the first, but he gave one stroke with a bogey on the second.
The Arizona native bounced back with birdies at three and four. Prouty poured in seven straight pars from the fifth.
Prouty made his second eagle of the day at the 12th. He followed with birdies at 13 and 14 to get within one of the lead. Prouty birdied the par-5 17th to gain a share of the lead.
"I've been working really hard and getting some good work done," Prouty said. "The difference is I putted really well today. I finally made some putts today that I wasn't supposed to. I was able to hold my round together."
NOTES: Prouty notched his second and third eagles of the season ... Foley won the Panama Claro Championship earlier this year, and Hadwin owns a pair of wins on the PGA Tour Canada ... Last year's champ Doug LaBelle II is in the PGA field in Illinois this week.
07/11 23:47:14 ET
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