Cromwell, Conn. Jerry Kelly finally made himself at home in the Greater Hartford Open.
The former University of Hartford player shot a 5-under-par 65 on Friday to join a record-tying, eight-man logjam atop the leaderboard. He skipped the tournament last year after missing the cut in four previous starts at the TPC at River Highlands.
"It was a love-hate relationship. I loved being here and the course hated me," Kelly said.
Joe Ogilvie shot a 64 in windy afternoon conditions to match Kelly, Chris DiMarco, Scott Simpson, Doug Dunakey, Shigeki Maruyama, Edward Fryatt and Jay Don Blake at 8-under 132. The eight-man tie matched a tour record.
Kelly, who was raised and still lives in Madison, Wis., is seeking his first victory in six PGA seasons.
Ogilvie, winless in three tour seasons, holed a 7-iron shot from 176 yards for eagle on his opening hole the 462-yard, par-4 10th. He added six birdies.
Dunakey shot a 65, DiMarco, Simpson and Fryatt had 67s, Blake shot a 68, and Maruyama followed his opening 63 with a 69.
Jonathan Kaye, the first-round leader, shot a 71 to drop into a six-player group at 7 under. Dudley Hart shot a 63 to match Kaye, David Duval (66), Billy Andrade (65), Frank Nobilo (66) and David Berganio Jr. (66).
Paul Azinger, the 1987 and 1989 winner, was 6 under after a 64. Phil Mickelson was three strokes back after a 68.