High temperatures early in the day and rainy weather later in the afternoon did not keep the 36 competitors in the Terri Pines Invitational's championship flight from completing the tournament's first round of play Friday afternoon.

The round was the first of three in the Country Club's annual tournament that will conclude Sunday.

After 18 holes of play, Zack Tucker and Jay Hughes are in the lead at 3-under 69.

Tucker said his score came after he had an up-and-down day on the course.

"I struggled a bit on the first few holes, and I was just scrambling," Tucker said. "But I was able to birdie on 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 before struggling some on the back nine."

Tucker's low point of the day came on No. 13 when he hit the ball out of bounds and recorded a bogey, and he also struggled a bit on the final hole.

"I had a chance for a birdie on No. 18, but I couldn't get the ball low enough," Tucker said. "I didn't hit the best I could, but I as able to score well."

Tucker said he started early enough in the day a 45-minute rain delay late in the afternoon did not affect his play.

"Our group was already on No. 18 when we had to come in," Tucker said. "We just had to wait to finish that hole."

Tucker said his score also came because he played in the same group with the top two finishers in the 2005 Invitational: John Quinn and Kyle Pressley.

Patrick Drake and Mike McGill are two strokes behind the leaders at 1-under 71.

Drake said he had trouble getting the ball to the greens all day, but he was able to make the putts once he did get there.

"I struggled all day from tee to green," Drake said. "But I was able to hit some putts I thought would not go in to record a few pars."

Drake said the course conditions were good considering the recent dry spell.

"The course was great, and there was nothing wrong with any part of it," Drake said.

"I just didn't play as well today as I have been recently, but I'm looking forward to trying to play better this weekend with a good group tomorrow (Saturday)."

Tucker, Hughes, Drake and McGill will be the final group to tee off at 1:42 p.m. Saturday.

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