Chris Wolfe of Niceville, Fla., grabbed a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Palmetto State Open with a 6-under-par 66 Wednesday at River Hills Golf & Country Club.
Cory Martin of North Myrtle Beach, who rallied from a pair of early bogeys with an eagle and five birdies in his final 12 holes, and Casey Johnson of Martinez, Ga., are tied for second at 67.
George Bryan of Chapin and Brannan Hudson of Columbia are among six players tied for fourth at 68.
Just three shots separate the top 12 scores in the 36-player, 54-hole SwingThought.com Tour event, and the field will be cut to the low 12 players and ties after Thursday’s second round. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.
Tennessee’s Johnson leads AJGA event
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Tyler Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn., shot a 1-under-par 70 for a 2-under 140 total and two-stroke lead at the American Junior Golf Association’s Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Junior Championship.
Johnson, 17, hit 17 of 18 greens in his round to help overcome a triple bogey on the fourth hole of the Barefoot Resort Norman Course. Putt Sridama of Bangkok, Thailand and Joshua Grenville-Wood of Peachtree City, Ga., are tied for second at even-par 142.
In the Girls Division, Kathleen Sumner of Charleston, Athena Yang of Winter Haven, Fla., and Caroline Curtis of Richmond, Va., are tied for the lead at 6-over 148. Sumner, a 16-year-old with two AJGA top 10s, is seeking her first tour win.
Madison Elliott or North Myrtle Beach, the lone player from the Grand Strand in the field, improved 12 strokes with an 80 Wednesday but is still last in the 24-player girls division at 172.
The 78-player field includes golfers from 13 states and nine countries. Final-round tee times run Thursday from 7:15-11:15 a.m.