Danny Ellis leads former Tiger golfers in Panama Claro Championship

Stephen Poole chasing title at eGolf Professional Tour's Oldfield Open

Former Clemson golfer Sam Saunders

Photo by Kerry Capps

Former Clemson golfer Sam Saunders

Clemson's contingent of golfers in the Web.com Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship has left itself with some work to do on Friday.

Just one of the five former Tigers in the field - Danny Ellis - broke par in the opening round.

Ellis' one-under 69 put him in 20th place - two shots ahead of Ben Martin, who had a first-round 71. Phillip Mollica is a shot back at 72, with former Clemson teammate Sam Saunders at 73. Brian Duncan shot an opening 76 - six over par.

The projected cutline for the final two rounds is one-over par.

Ellis played a relatively clean opening round. He played the front side at Panama Golf Club in two-under. His only bogey came at No. 15. He trails first-round leaders Mark Anderson and Andrew Loupe by five shots.

Martin, Mollica and Saunders all counted double bogeys in the opening round.

Meanwhile, five more former Tigers are in the hunt at the eGolf Professional Tour's Oldfield Open at Okatie, S.C.

Stephen Poole is trying to become Clemson's second straight winner on the tour, following in the footsteps of Matt Hendrix, who won last week's Palmetto Championship at Hilton Head Island.

Poole is in third place at six-under after rounds of 69-69. He trails leader Brent Witcher by five shots, but is just one stroke out of second place.

Tied for 13th place at three-under are David May (71-70) and Tommy Biershenk (70-71). A stroke back at two-under, tied for 21st place, are McCuen Elmore (72-70) and Tanner Ervin (75-67).

Brent Delahoussaye and Jacob Burger missed the cut.

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