Ferrell, who got an exemption to this year's Classic by finishing second in last year's West Virginia Amateur, had seven pars on his first nine holes but struggled through the back nine. His round included four double-bogeys.
"I was hitting the fairways, I just couldn't hit any of the greens," Ferrell said. "I think I hit four greens, so that's going to have to improve [today]."
As for his front-row seat to some of the day's better golf, Ferrell said the experience was a good one.
"That was a lot of fun," Ferrell said. "It was good playing with them, they were great guys and it shows you how good they are. It was fun to play with them.
"It was great to watch what they do when they get in trouble. They get it out to somewhere where they can make par, but mainly they don't get into trouble."
Flores said despite his troubles, Ferrell fit in just fine.
"He handled himself great," Flores said. "It's just a learning process. I don't know if that was his first PGA Tour tournament, but it's a process and he'll just keep working hard and he'll be fine."
Tour Wives pitch in
While Old White TPC showed no scars from last Friday's vicious storms thanks to countless hours of cleanup effort, The Greenbrier hasn't forgotten those less fortunate.
The PGA Tour Wives Association and The Greenbrier partnered up to provide relief, including produce from Greenbrier farms, water at the resort and at the Lewisburg Emergency Center and the Lewisburg Lowe's.
Those still without power could receive a bag of ice and two gallons of water for free.
"The Greenbrier is eager to continue our efforts to provide support and comfort where we can to those affected by Friday's storms," resort owner Jim Justice said. "Greenbrier County and Lewisburg were among the most heavily damaged areas in the region, with nearly 100 percent of residents and business owners losing power. The need for aid is greater than ever. As part of our ongoing effort, we are proud to welcome the PGA Tour Wives Association and we look forward to working together as we strive to support people in their time of need."
By the numbers
During the Golf Channel's broadcast of the first round on Thursday afternoon, a promo for Big Break Greenbrier was broadcast, meaning White Sulphur Springs will be the site for the reality show's 18th season starting on Oct. 2. Competitors are faced with a series of challenges with the weakest performer being eliminated each show. The winner will receive an exemption into next year's Greenbrier Classic as well as other prizes. ... Greenbrier pro emeritus Tom Watson quietly pieced together a very useful round, grinding his way to an even-par 70 as he played alongside Jim Furyk and Keegan Bradley.