A strong breeze kept the temperatures, as well as the scores, in check on the first day of the 62nd South Carolina Open on Tuesday on Belfair Plantation's West Course in Bluffton.
Just four players broke par on the day, led by former University of South Carolina golfer Patrick Rada, an apprentice assistant PGA professional from Eagle Point Golf Club in Wlimington, N.C., who managed his way to a one-stroke lead with four birdies and one bogey for a round of 3-under 35-34--69.
Just behind him are Aaron Black, an apprentice teaching pro at Charlotte Golf Links in Charlotte, N.C., and Arizona State golfer Spencer Lawson from Davidson, N.C., who posted solid scores of 2-under 70.
Charleston's Kurtis Luedtke is the fourth golfer under par. His 1-under 71 puts him alone in fourth place.
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The top area golfer is Bluffton amateur John Patterson, who is tied for fifth at even-par 72 with four other golfers, including Columbia PGA pro and former Atlanta Braves minor leaguer and USC baseball star Burke Cromer.
Hank Haney IJGA product and Gamecock Ben Dietrich is tied for 10th at 1-over 73 and 2013 Hilton Head Amateur champion J.D. Hoft is tied for 16th at 2-over 74.
The field will be reduced to the low 60 contestants and ties after Wednesday's round. Players will tee off for the second round at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. from the first and 10th tees.
The 62nd South Carolina Open
Belfair Plantation's West Course
Par 72, 7,111 yards
Format: 54-hole stroke play, reduced to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
8 a.m.: Andrew Bryce, Paul Dickens, Chris Cuneo (a)
8:09 a.m.: Adam Kushner, Matthew Richard (a), Luke McClellan
8:18 a.m.: John Faidley, Spike Smith (a), Chris Hensler
8:27 a.m.: Jeff Hull, Wilson Day (a), Steven Potter
8:36 a.m.: Ryan Carpenter (a), Kurt Vogel, Nelson Dickson (a)
8:45 a.m.: Ray Franz, Billy Anderson, Cory McEwen
8:54 a.m.: Reeves Zaytoun (a), George Bryan, Bobby Cooke
9:03 a.m.: Barry Pierce, Tom Logue, Cory Schneider
9:12 a.m.: Chris Haarlow, Mike Townsend, Mike Lawrence
9:21 a.m.: Thomas Lilly (a), Hayden Ploeger (a), Jeff Avant
9:30 a.m.: Kurt Thompson, Greg Boyette, Ben Dietrich (a)
9:39 a.m.: Al Dickens IV (a), Burke Cromer, Tee Opperman (a)
9:48 a.m.: Patrick Rada, Spencer Lawson (a), Kurtis Luedtke (a)
12:30 p.m.: Charles Frost, David Rogers, Edward Sires
12:39 p.m.: John McNeely, Benji Gecy (a), Steve Peterson (a)
12:48 p.m.: Robert Linville, Matt Laydon (a), Brett Heisler
12:57 p.m.: Todd Eckstein (a), Wesley Conover (a), Nick Eberhardt (a)
1:06 p.m.: Matthew Yelverton (a), Mike Ramsden (a), Matt Stewart
1:15 p.m.: Kirk Mitchell (a), Jeff Wong (a), Julian Bland
1:24 p.m.: Mark Tomedolskey, Zach Seabolt (a), Chris Byrd
1:33 p.m.: Scooter Buhrman, Rick Morton, Brian Joyce
1:42 p.m.: Adam Lescalleet, Eerik Kauppinen, Matt Bova
1:51 p.m.: Tim Straub, Scott Hunter, Ryan Tyndall
2:00 p.m.: J.D. Hoft (a), Chris Tucker, Jeffrey Peck
2:09 p.m.: Steve Isley, Steve Larick, Preston Cole (a)
2:18 p.m.: Aaron Black, Robert Register (a), John Patterson (a)
8 a.m.: Brandon Ray, John Grimes (a), Chad Ferrell
8:09 a.m.: Brian Stewart, Brian Newman, Casey Jones
8:18 a.m.: Charles Fox, Josh Points, Stephen Nixon
8:27 a.m.: Will Akers, Josh May, Danny Nash (a)
8:36 a.m.: Kevin Duerr (a), Colin Hawkins (a), Ed Brill
8:45 a.m.: Dale Ketola, Rob Robinson, James Emerson (a)
8:54 a.m.: Elton Trent (a), Jason Baile, Bob Engler (a)
9:03 a.m.: Steven Kidd (a), Chase Wells, Kyle Maloney
9:12 a.m.: Shep Hardison (a), Daniel Constantino (a), Mark Eaves
9:21 a.m.: Jeffrey Phieffer, Bradley Steffen, Jason Benko
9:30 a.m.: Tim Zimmerman, Jim Young (a), Nicholas Isom
9:39 a.m.: Patrick Clark, Tom Weslake, Cullie Todd
12:30 p.m.: Brock Elder (a), David LaPour, Zach Ducey
12:39 p.m.: Troy Beaver (a), Andrew Decker (a), Chris Cox (a)
12:48 p.m.: Eric Reeves, Brooks Blackburn, Trey Howell
12:57 p.m.: Brian Crum, Dewey Delovich, Zachary Garrison
1:06 p.m.: Mark Teed, Russell Milford, Rob Lee
1:15 p.m.: Steve Wilson (a), Keith Bach, Todd Ellison
1:24 p.m.: Jake Stone (a), Chandler Vilcheck (a), Brad Parker
1:33 p.m.: John Obrien (a), Joseph Prevuznak (a), Bryce Aronson
1:42 p.m.: Cary Phillips (a), Heidi Wright-Tennyson, Wes Grantham
1:51 p.m.: Ron Miller, Ben Smith, Will Lust
2:00 p.m.: Justin Riker, Andrew Purcell (a), Timothy Sutherland
2:09 p.m.: Glenn Wells, Charles MacCallum (a)
2:18 p.m.: Dylan Drozdowicz (a), Jeffery Carpenter (a)