BANGOR, Maine — Bangor native Jesse Speirs had his putter working on Thursday and it resulted in a five-under 64 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the 49th annual Greater Bangor Open Golf Tournament at Bangor Municipal Golf Course.

The 28-year-old Speirs, who now lives in Memphis, Tennessee, had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey during his round on the comfortable, partly cloudy day, which also featured some gusty winds.

One shot back are Mike Welch from Quincy, Massachusetts; Raoul Menard from Ange-Gardien, Quebec; and Wynnewood, Pennsylvania’s Greg Jarmas.

Seven more golfers are three shots back at 67 and five more are at 68.

Menard was the 2010 Quebec Junior champion and the Canadian Junior runner-up and recently concluded an impressive career at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Jarmas won the Ivy League championship in 2013 while he was at Princeton University (New Jersey), and the 33-year-old Welch has played in three PGA events including the 2009 U.S. Open.

“I shot the best score I could have today. It was a good, solid round,” said Speirs, who was two shots off his career-best at his former home course. “I drove it pretty well although I didn’t quite keep it in play on 12 and 18.

“I made some real good putts,” added Speirs. “I sank a 50-footer [for birdie] on 10, I made a 30-footer for par on 18 and I made a tricky birdie putt on nine that broke quite a bit. I drove a couple of greens and two-putted for birdies there.”

His only glitches were a double bogey on 12 and bogey on six.

“That was a bad swing on 12 and I may have used the wrong club. I hit a driver and I may change that [strategy] tomorrow,” said Speirs, who won the 2011 GBO.

The 430-yard, par-four 12th hole also proved difficult for Welch, who triple-bogeyed the hole.

Welch didn’t let the triple bogey unsettle him as he rattled off birdies at 13, 14 and 15 to complete a round in which he had seven birdies.

Welch chipped in for birdies on 5 and 14 and sank birdie putts of 25-30 feet on two holes, 30 feet on 11 and 20 feet on 15. He two-putted for birdies on four and and 13.

“I thought I played really well,” said Welch. “I was a little disappointed with the shot I hit on 12. I hit my tee shot left with a 3-iron. I could have hit more club but I was trying to be conservative. It was a bad swing no matter what club I used.

“I could have been mad after that but I let it go and was able to go birdie-birdie-birdie,” Welch added.

Menard had five birdies and one bogey en route to his 65.

He birdied one, two, three, six and 12 and bogeyed seven.

Jarmas bogeyed the second hole but rattled off birdies at four, five, nine, 11 and 16.

One of the golfers who is at 67 is Brian Bergstol, who played at Bangor Area High School in Pennsylvania and competed in the 2008 U.S. Open.

The others at two-under were Ken Lewis of East Sandwich, Massachusetts; Cody Paladino of Kensington, Connecticut; Jamison Randall of Cumberland, Rhode Island; Jason Rossetti of Charlotte, North Carolina; James Smith of Middlebury, Connecticut; and Ricky Stimets of Paxton, Massachusetts.

Hampden native John Hickson, the 1997 GBO titlist, shot a 69, and Windham’s Shawn Warren, who captured the 2008 GBO, carded a 72.

Hickson and Brian Petty of Stratton Mountain, Vermont, tied for the low score among the seniors and the low amateurs were Rich Campiola of Windham and Josh Landine of Fredericton, New Brunswick with 71s.

Speirs will tee off at 7 a.m. Friday.

After Friday’s round, the field will be reduced to the lowest 40 scores plus ties for Saturday’s final round.