Santiago (Chile): Rahil Gangjee began his 2012 Nationwide Tour campaign on a modest note with an even par 72 on the first day of the inaugural Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales.

Gangjee, playing the Nationwide Tour for the second year running, had one bogey and one birdie each and the rest 16 were pars.

"It was a steady round but I could holed a few more birdies," said Gangjee of his first round on a sunny day with light winds.

Australian James Nitties and local American Scott Parel shot 7-under-par 65 each to share the first-round lead.

Nitties was bogey-free at the Prince of Wales Country Club while Parel offset a bogey with an eagle during the afternoon.

Hudson Swafford, Alex Prugh, Dawie van der Walt and Ryan Hietala all carded 66 each and were tied for third.