Former USC Beaufort golfer Brian Langley, an NAIA All-American living in Bluffton, fired the only under-par round of the day, a 2-under 70, to take a two-stroke lead after first-round stroke-play qualifying Wednesday at the 42nd Carolinas Golf Association S.C. Amateur Match Play Championship at Seabrook Island Club in Seabrook Island.
Langley's round featured four birdies and two bogeys on the 6,765-yard, par-72 Ocean Winds Course.
After 36 holes the field of 63 players will be cut to the low 32 scorers for match play and seeded 1-32.
Former Bluffton golfer Wesley Long, tied for 22nd with a 6-over 78, is the only other area golfer currently inside the top 32.
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Just outside the cut line are Ridgeland's Christopher Finke (8-over 80, tied for 33rd) and Bluffton's J.D. Hoft (9-over 81, tied for 35th). Bluffton's Chandler Vilchek (12-over 84, tied for 46th) is also in the field.
Defending champion Adam Goins of Gaffney turned professional and is not back to defend.
International Junior Golf Academy product and University of South Carolina freshman Ben Dietrich is tied for second, a stroke off the lead, after Wednesday's first round of the 39th Palmetto Amateur at the historic Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.
Dietrich's 4-under 66 is just behind the 5-under 65 of Will Long of Gastonia, N.C.
Hilton Head Island High teacher and Colleton River Plantation resident Todd White is tied for 43rd after a 3-over 73.
Hilton Head Christian graduate J.D. Lehman, now at Louisville, is tied for 55th after a 4-over 74, while Beaufort High golfer Josh Fickes is tied for 96th after a tough 11-over-par 81.
The 72-hole tournament runs through Saturday. The 99-player field is made up of golfers from the top 200 in the World Amateur Rankings, the top 20 in the 2013 Palmetto Amateur and past Palmetto Amateur Champions.