Doug Dalziel shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday to lead a first-round charge of non-winners at the $250,000 Syracuse Senior Classic.
Dalziel, who best previous finish was seventh at last year's Kaanapali Classic in Hawaii, tied the tournament record with his opening round at the 6,540-yard, par-72 Lafayette Country Club.The 54-hole tournament continues through Sunday.
Lou Graham and Jim Hatfield, who like Dalziel have never won a Senior Tour event, were in second place at 66. George Lanning, also seeking his first Tour victory, shot a 67.
Two-time defending champion Bruce Crampton was among three golfers at 68.
Joining Crampton were former New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry and Dave Hill.
Five others were at 69.
Dalziel, 51, started the round on the back nine in uneventful form until he birdied the par-5 12th hole. He coupled a birdie and eagle on 16 and 17 to go 4-under-par-32 after nine holes.
The Scottish-born Dalziel added four more birdies on the front nine, but bogeyed hole No. 3 to miss breaking the tournament record set last year by Crampton.
Graham, who finished second at the Legends of Golf tournament earlier this year, had five birdies and a hole-in-one on the 164-yard, par-3, sixth hole.
A pair of bogeys, including his one on his first hole, cost him the lead.
Hatfield, who also sank a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th, grabbed a share of second place when he finished his opening round with three consecutive birdies. Hatfield, playing in only his third tournament this season, was a qualifer who landed a spot in the field with a 4-under-par-68.