From staff reports
Matt Schall shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 Wednesday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the eGolf Tour's season-opening Palmetto Hall Championship at Palmetto Hall Golf Club on Hilton Head Island
The former University of Maryland golfer posted five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th en route to his first eGolf Tour round in the 60s in five career starts. Schall is playing the tour full-time in 2012 after spending three of the past four years playing various mini-tours.
Tied for second, one shot behind Schall with rounds of 6-under 66, are Chris Baker, former Gamecock Alex Hamilton and Roger Sloan (Canada).
Baker was the tournament's 18-hole leader for much of Wednesday's opening round after posting a bogey-free round in the morning wave. The former Iowa State golfer finished No. 101 on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list, missing out on conditional status for the 2012 season by $747.
Hamilton, a former University of South Carolina standout, 2004 South Carolina Amateur champion and two-time winner on the eGolf Tour, birdied eight of his first 14 holes before recording pars on his final four.
Sloan posted eight birdies and two bogeys in his first career eGolf Tour start after spending the majority of 2011 playing in Canada.
Two Bluffton residents are tied for 16th at 3-under 69 -- Nathan Stamey and Scottish native Joel Hendry.
Palmetto Hall Championship
At Palmetto Hall Golf Club, Hilton Head Island
First round -- TOP 10
1. Matt Schall 33-32--65
t2. Chris Baker 33-33--66
t2. Alex Hamilton 32-34--66
t2. Roger Sloan 33-33--66
t5. David Robinson 34-33--67
t5. Richard Scott 34-33--67
t5. Tripp McAllister 36-31--67
t5. Dustin Bray 33-34--67
t5. Joey McLister 35-32--67
t5. Shawn Jasper 34-33--67
Others of note
t16. Nathan Stamey (Bluffton) 36-33--69
t16. Joel Hendry (Bluffton) 35-34--69
t30. Chris Epperson (Hilton Head Island) 35-35--70
t63. Colby Wilson (Hilton Head Island) 36-36--72
t97. Jordan Pomeranz (Bluffton) 35-39--74
t97. Jeff Hall (Ridgeland) 39-35--74
t111. P.J. Politan (Bluffton) 37-38--75
t111. Adam Lescalleet (Hilton Head Island) 40-35--75
174. Alexandre (a) Britsch-Idhammou (Hilton Head Island) 40-44--84
179. Nikolai Kovalevskiy (Okatie) 45-47--92