Mertens holds the lead in a tight Senior Men's Classic

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- No lead is safe in golf especially when it's only one stroke after day one. That's where Joe Mertens sits after shooting a 73.

Creeping up behind him is Mark Asplund and Rick Miller who shot 74s.

There are three other golfers within three strokes including 2-time defending champion Mark Heiting.

Pos Player Par Total
1 Joe Mertens +1 73
T2 Mark Asplund +2 74
T2 Rick Miller +2 74
4 Dave Larson +3 75
T5 Mark Heiting +4 76
T5 Tom Larson +4 76
7 Jeff Otto +5 77
T8 John Hale +7 79
T8 David Kapszukiewicz +7 79
T10 Dave Tomczik +8 80
T10 Steve Etrheim +8 80