Coming off his third-place finish at the Jimmy Self tournament last weekend, Hilton Head Christian Academy's Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton leads after Day 1 of the 56th annual SCGA Junior Championship with a spectacular round in hot, sticky conditions at Willow Creek Golf Club in Greer.
The Clemson signee shot a bogey-free opening round of 6-under 66 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 15th hole.
Nimmer has the chance to achieve a first in South Carolina golf -- join his father Tony Nimmer as the only father-son duo to both earn the title of SCGA Junior champion. Tony Nimmer won the championship back in 1978.
Nimmer will hold onto a two-shot lead over Wil Sheppard of Mount Pleasant, who had the low score of the afternoon wave with a bogey-free 68.
Three strokes off the lead are Justin Hood of St. Matthews and Jack Parrott of Columbia.
In the Boys 13-14 Division, Nick Willis of Cowpens shot an even-par round and has a one-shot lead over Jacob Bridgeman of Inman.
The low eight scores of the tournament automatically qualify for the 39th Annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Team Matches to be played at Ansley Golf Club -- Settindown Creek in Roswell, Ga. These are the longest running interstate matches in the country.
The 2014 SCGA Junior has five players that participated in the matches last year -- the aforementioned Hood, as well as, Michael McKee, Zach McLain, Jamie Wilson and 2013 SCGA Junior champion Josh Fickes of Beaufort, who finished his round Tuesday at 4-over 76, 10 shots back of the lead.
Following Wednesday's second round, the field will be cut to the low 48 scores and ties in the older age bracket and the low 10 scores and ties in the Boys 13-14 Division.
The SCGA Junior Championship, sponsored by The Heritage Classic Foundation, is one of 19 major events conducted by the SCGA.
56th Annual SCGA Junior Championship
Tuesday at Willow Creek Golf Club, Greer
Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton 35-31--66
Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant 34-34--68
Christian Baliker, Simpsonville 35-34--69
Jack Parrott, Columia 34-35--69
Justin Hood, St. Matthews 34-35--69
Dwight Cauthen, Columbia 35-35--70
Michael McKee, Ware Shoals 36-34--70
Andrew Hall, Columbia 34-37--71
Christian Salzer, Sumter 36-35--71
Cole Patterson, Greenville 35-36--71
Jamie Wilson, Mount Pleasant 36-35--71
Jordan Warnock, Roebuck 35-36--71
Trace Crowe, Easley 37-34--71
Others of note
Matt Lehman, Bluffton 35-39--74
Robert J Bartolomucci, Hilton Head 38-36--74
Charles Ian Maccallum, Bluffton 38-37--75
Nick Russell, Hilton Head Island 34-41--75
Josh Fickes, Beaufort 37-39--76
Patrick Hall, Hilton Head 40-36--76
Alec Weary, Bluffton 39-38--77
Matthew Campbell 38-39--77
Jonathan Phillips 39-39--78
Keaton Butler, Beaufort 37-41--78
Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island 39-39--78
Drew Hall, Hilton Head 41-40--81
Christopher Skylar McDaniel, Hilton head island 39-44--83
Nick Willis, Cowpens 34-38--72
Jacob Bridgeman, Inman 37-36--73
Daniel Azallion, Hilton Head Island 37-37--74
Drayton Stewart, Charleston 37-37--74
Drew Weary, Bluffton 37-37--74
Graham Corbin, Inman 39-35--74
Levi Moody, Greenville 36-38--74
Trent Phillips, Inman 36-38--74
Harrison Corbin, Inman 40-35--75
Brice Smoker, North Augusta 36-40--76
WSCGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Greenville's Carly Burkhardt made five birdies on the way to a 1-under-par 69 and the first-round overall lead at the Women's S.C. Golf Association Junior Girls Championship on Tuesday on the Ridgewood & Tall Pines Course at the Columbia Country Club in Blythewood.
Hilton Head Island's Anna Eddy is tied for seventh overall while leading the Ages 13-15 division with a 3-over 75.
Burkhardt is followed by Clemson signee Lauren Stephenson who shot an even-par 72.
WSCGA Junior Girls Championship
Tuesday at Columbis Country Club -- Ridgewood/Tall Pines
Carly Burkhardt, Greenville CC 69
Lauren Stephenson, CC of Lexington 72
Pendleton Bogache, Dunes Golf & Beach Club 73
Anne Taylor Hough, Creek GC 74
Juliana Sebastian, Woodcreek 74
Sarina Sonoda, Florence CC 74
Others of note
Meredith Langs, Sea Pines CC 80
Bonham, Bethany Eagles Pointe GC 110
Anna Eddy, Palmetto Hall 75
Gracyn Burgess, Ponderosa CC 78
Jensen Castle, Charwood CC 78
Jodee Tindal, Rock Hill CC 78
Shino Sonoda, Florence CC 80
Kathleen Sumner, Daniel Island Club 80
Others of note
Jamie Hubbard, Long Cove Club 93
Mary Kathryn Talledo, Columbia CC 86