LAKELAND — The fast start of Logan Blondell and David Braykovich in Saturday’s opening round of the Paul McDonald Greater Lakeland Two-Man Amateur Championship might just have been a case of opposites attract.

The duo combined for 7-under-par 65 — after being just 1-under at the turn — to set the early pace at Eaglebrooke Golf Club. Saturday’s format included nine holes of modified alternate shot followed by nine holes of scramble play. For Sunday’s finale, the format will be 18-holes of best ball.

“I’m very emotional, very competitive, vicious type, and Logan is more of a thinker,” said Braykovich, who twice has been runner up in this event. “We make a really good team. It’s a nice balance.”

The pair’s sizzling back nine was epitomized by their approach shot at the 412-yard 18th. Downwind, across water, and to a shallow green, Blondell dropped a wedge to within five-feet of the pin for their last of six birdies coming in.

“That was definitely a highlight. That was probably one of my best irons of the day,” Blondell said. “I had a good number, and that obviously helped. Being down wind, that obviously helped, it kind of keeps it going straight. I just hit a nice, full gap wedge. And we just had a wedge in. Typically you’re hitting eight or nine iron, but hitting a couple of wedges was nice, you could be aggressive. ”

After being 1-over after four, the duo got things going with an eagle on the 5th, a 498-yard par 5, after Blondell stuck his approach and Braykovich drained a six-footer. They also birded No. 7, the other par five on the front side, but gave that back with a second bogie at No. 9.

The birdies came in bunches after that, however, starting at 10, then three straight at 12 through 14, and the final two at 17 and 18.

Two-time defending champions Al Hanif and Mike Thomas are five back in the Tiger bracket, after posting a 2-under 70. Clay and Case Gard are the closest competitors after logging a 68. Another favored team, Smith Patterson and Rick Leonard, also had a 70.

Braykovich and Blondell — a Lakeland native who played four-years of collegiate golf at Georgia Southern — have played against each other in various four-ball tournaments in the past, but never together before this weekend.

“I was hitting some good iron shots and Dave was hitting some great putts. We just kept feeding off of each other,” Blondell said.

With a three-stroke lead, Braykovich said Sunday’s strategy would be pretty straight forward.

“For me, it’s still try to make par,” Braykovich explained. “Logan is definitely the more explosive player, the guy who can string together really dynamic shots. My goal is to free him up. If you do that, and you stay in a rhythm, and you get used to letting him freewheel it a little, that’s going to be our game plan. Fairways and greens for me, I think that’s championship golf, not making mistakes and we didn’t make very many mistakes today.”

The team of Bobby Mason and Terence Barber actually turned in the low round of the day, playing in the Thomas flight, with a 63. The round featured an eagle at No. 7, eight birdies and just one bogie.

In the Spieth flight, Cory Oesterreich and teammate John Huls will slug it out with Shane Wills and Mike Cole as the two teams opened a big lead on the rest of the group with each finishing at one-under 71.

The senior division combo of Michael Campbell and Dan Kiehl led the 10-team Palmer flight after a round of 67, while Mike Estridge and Tommy Bowles are tied with Pete Andrews and Ralph Remmert as each team fired a a 68.