Hudson shoots opening-round 64 at Musgrove
by Johnathan Bentley
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Jasper native Steve Hudson watches his drive on the 17th tee during the opening round of the 47th annual Bernard Weinstein Invitational at Musgrove Country Club on Friday. Hudson holds a three stroke lead over Nick Davis. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Jasper native Steve Hudson watches his drive on the 17th tee during the opening round of the 47th annual Bernard Weinstein Invitational at Musgrove Country Club on Friday. Hudson holds a three stroke lead over Nick Davis. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Steve Hudson is always a contender when he tees it up in any golf tournament.

Even more so at Musgrove Country Club.

Entering this week's 47th annual Travis Hudson/Bernard Weinstein Invitational Tournament, Hudson said he had playing some of his best golf.

He continued that streak on Friday, shooting a seven-under par 64 for a three-stroke lead after the tournament's opening round.

Springville's Nick Davis holds down second place after shooting a four-under par 67. A total of 11 golfers shot under par in the opening round.

Birmingham's Joey Fortner is alone in third place, four strokes behind Hudson after shooting a 68 on Friday. The trio of Patrick Drummond, Matt Gourgeot and Simdre Rambjoer each shot 69, leaving them five strokes behind the leader. Andrew Lee, Jay Hayes, Andrew Lowery, Doc Bennett and Charles Noto each sit six strokes back after shooting one-under par 70.

A group of eight golfers shot even par on Friday, including former champion Earle Bidez.

The three-day tournament continues today and concludes on Sunday.

Hudson, a five-time winner of the event, shot two-under par on the front nine and closed the round with four consecutive birdies, knocking in a lengthy putt on 17 and a short putt on 18 after just missing an eagle.

"Any time you play, you don't want to be too aggressive too early," Hudson said, who shot a 33 on the front nine. "I missed birdie putts on 10 and 12, but I made a good par putt on the 13th and it just kind of relaxed me. I was able to birdie the last four holes. I hit it pretty close and made some good putts."

Hudson has already had an impressive year, even for by his own standards. He won the Senior Masters in Indians Wells, California in April by four strokes and won the State Senior Amateur Championship in Selma by eight strokes in May.

Just recently, the Jasper native, shot 71-68-65 to win the club title at Old Overton in Vestavia Hills.

"I've been playing well. I went out earlier this week and shot a 63 at Old Overton. I'm a lot under par this week," said Hudson.

This week's tournament is named, in part, for Hudson's father Travis Hudson, who was the long-time pro at Musgrove Country Club. He said the course holds a special place for him.

"I grew up out here. Hearing all the encouragement from people at Musgrove. it feels just like family. I love coming back," said Hudson.

His personal best at the course in a 62. He came close to getting there again on Friday.

"Any time you have a good round, obviously you've got to make putts. I just had a nice little round. When you birdie the last four holes, it always helps your score," Hudson said.

Hudson first won the tournament as a 21-year old in 1979. He also won the tournament title in 1991, 2003, 2004 and 2010.

Today's final foursome of Hudson, Davis, Fortner and Drummond tees off at 1 p.m. today.

For a complete list of scores visit http://www.musgrovecc.com.