This week: Barbasol Championship, Thursday through Sunday, RTJ Trail Grand National, Opelika, Alabama.
In the field: Olympia’s Andres Gonzales, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and University Place’s Andrew Putnam.
First-round scores: Gonzales shot a 2-under-par 69, Stanley had a 1-under 70, and Putnam shot an even-par 71.
Positions: Gonzales is tied for 25th, Stanley is tied for 47th and Putnam is tied for 71st — all trailing leader Sam Saunders (64).
Recap: Except for one hole, Gonzales got off to a solid start. He birdied No. 3 (21-foot putt) to go to 4 under, but he dumped his tee shot at the par-3 fifth hole into a greenside pond, leading to a double bogey. … Stanley made five birdies but also had a double bogey — at No. 2, where he hit his tee shot so far right that he had to play backward to the fairway. He did make two birdie putts of 15 feet or longer. … Putnam bogeyed the 12th hole to drop to 2 over, but he rallied with birdies at Nos. 13 (two-putt from 35 feet) and 17 (15-foot putt) to post his first opening round of par or better since the Memorial Tournament in early June.
Tee times Friday: Gonzales at 5:55 a.m. (PDT) off the first tee, Putnam at 6:39 a.m. off the 10th tee and Stanley at 11:06 a.m. off the first tee.