Hilton Head Christian Academy's Trace Crowe shot 4 under par Friday in the opening round of the Golf Etc. High School Invitational to take the early lead at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run.
Crowe holds a three-shot lead over Greenwood's Mason Piontek. Hilton Head Island High's Andrew Orischak is another shot back after shooting even par on Day 1 of the 54-hole tournament. The locals had a strong opening round, as Bluffton's Alec Weary and Beaufort High's Josh Fickes also found their way into the top 10 after carding 1 over rounds Friday.
The tournament, which runs through Sunday, features 23 schools from around South Carolina. The second round tees off at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Golf Etc. High School Invitational
Friday's leading scores, at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run, Hilton Head Island:
Trace Crowe, HHCA -4
Mason Piontek, Greenwood -1
Andrew Orischak, HHH E
Jonathan Hardee, Riverside E
Weston Sanders, Emerald E
Matt Goodman, Johns Creek E
Alec Weary, Bluffton +1
Alex Handy, South Aiken +1
Josh Fickes, Beaufort High +1
Rhett Merritt, Wren +1
Ashley Hall 2, Hilton Head Prep 1: The Dolphins opened their season with a loss in Charleston. Charlotte Covington scored the only goal for Hilton Head Prep, which will be off until March 11, when it will host St. Andrew's.