Perla, Nazareth top PGA Assistant leaderboard

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Tony Perla and Savio Nazareth shot 7-under 65 on Thursday at PGA Golf Club to share the first-round lead in the PGA Assistant Championship.

Perla, from Villanova, Pennsylvania, had seven birdies on the Wanamaker Course.

''I played simple golf today, target golf,'' said Perla, a PGA Apprentice at Radnor Valley Country Club. ''I usually like to overpower a golf course. I played a little different style and was able to get it done.''

Nazareth, from Kernersville, North Carolina, eagled the par-5 16th and added five birdies. A PGA Apprentice at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, he missed only one green in regulation.

''I hit the ball incredibly well from tee to green today,'' Nazareth said. ''The only green I missed was the ninth, and I made a great up-and-down for par on that hole. I don't think I missed a fairway all day, either.''

Richard Berberian Jr. of Derry, New Hampshire; Brett McCurdy of West Palm Beach, Florida; Brian Norman of The Colony, Texas; Billy Stewart of Devon, Pennsylvania; and James Troy of Evanston, Illinois, were tied for second at 67.

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