Washington’s Brett Melton finds himself in the top half of the field at the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship with an opening round 75 at the French Lick Resort on Sunday.

Melton, who played the tougher Pete Dye Course, started on the tenth hole and was one under par for his first four holes. He then double-bogeyed the 520-yard par 5 14th and bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes for an opening nine of 39.

He also bogeyed the fifth hole, but was able to get a shot back for and even-par 36. He finished the day in a tie for 85th place out of 312 golfers.

Melton moves on to the Donald Ross course today for his second round, where many of the leaders played on Sunday.

David Paeglow of Dekalb, Ill., shot a five-under 65 to take the early lead.

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