Keeping Score

American holds share of lead on European Tour

Johannes Veerman shoots 7-under 65 to join England’s Mitch Waite atop the leaderboard at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open

65: First-round score Thursday for co-leaders Johannes Veerman and Mitch Waite at the European Tour’s inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open in Paphos, Cyprus. Waite, of England, and Veerman, of the U.S., stood 7 under and one stroke ahead of the field at Aphrodite Hills Resort on the southwestern tip of the Mediterranean island. Each co-leader is looking for his first victory on the European Tour. Veerman, 28, posted back-to-back top-10s earlier this season at the Andalucia Masters (T-10) and the Portugal Masters (T-8). He has made 11 cuts in 14 starts this season, highlighted by four top-10s. Veerman is a native Californian who grew up in Texas and played one year of college golf at Tulsa before transferring to Texas A&M, where he competed in his final three seasons. Waite, 25, who is making his first European Tour start of the season and only the fourth of his career, is 0-for-3 in making cuts on the tour. Eighty-two of the 100 players broke par. The event is the first of two consecutive weeks at the Cypriot resort for the European Tour (scores).

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