Lonnie Nielsen of Orchard Park is in a seven-way tie for eighth place after the first round of the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament finals in St. Augustine, Fla.
Nielsen shot a 4-under-par 68 and trails leader Mike San Filippo by three strokes.
The tournament will be contested over 108 holes. Seven players will receive a full exemption to professional golf's senior circuit, while another eight will get conditional status.
Nielsen was 36th on the Champions Tour's money list with earnings of $529,262. The top 30 receive a full exemption for the following year.