Nine golfers from Argentina are in the field at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ledesma said the course feels familiar. “I like the course, a typical course that we play in Argentina with some trees. I really like the greens, the greens are nice. We are okay,” he said.
Ledesma had seven birdies and no bogeys in the first round. Tosti’s round was more adventurous, with two bogeys, a double bogey but 11 birdies — including three straight to finish. “Eleven in one day was like ‘wow’, one after the other after the other,” Tosti said. “Then I had a couple bad breaks where I made a double, but I again fought back and yeah, it’s like just everything was hitting the ball great. I mean, the best in many years, putting the best in many years, so everything is kind of coming together.”
Rico Hoey and David Kocher are a shot back at 6-under. Last week’s winner Grayson Murray opened with a 1-over 73.
The Visit Knoxville Open is one of the Korn Ferry Tour’s longest-running events. It has been held at Holston Hills Country Club the past three years. The Korn Ferry Tour launched in 1990.
Ledesma and Tosti will aim to keep their lead in the second round as they chase their first Korn Ferry Tour titles.