At the eGolf Tour's season-opening Palmetto Hall Championship last week on nearby Hilton Head Island, Canadian Roger Sloan posted rounds of 66-71-71-70--278 en route to a runner-up finish in his first career tour start. At this week's Oldfield Open, Sloan picked up where he left off with an opening-round 65 at tournament host Oldfield Country Club, and the first-round lead.
The Oldfield Open is the second of 24 scheduled events on the schedule, and is being played this week at both Oldfield Country Club and Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie.
Through seven holes of Wednesday's opening round at Oldfield, Sloan found himself at a sluggish even par with seven pars to his name. At the 534-yard par-5 eighth, Sloan his hit approach from 210 yards to 15 feet, and set up an eagle that would prove to be one of many red-figure holes on the day.
"The eagle didn't really jumpstart my round, but it helped," said Sloan, 24. "When you're hitting it solidly, it's nice just to see something go in the hole. It was kind of a boost in the round though."
Chris Naegel is in second place, one shot behind Sloan with a 6-under 66 at Oldfield.
Three players are tied for third at 4 under -- Joey McLister and Fernando Mechereffe, who each posted 4-under 68s at Oldfield, and former South Carolna Gamecock George Bryan IV, who carded a 4-under 66 at Chechessee Creek.
Bluffton resident Nathan Stamey and former Clemson golfers Brian Duncan and Phillip Mollica are tied for sixth at 3 under, while USC Beaufort product Jonathan Pannone and Clemson product Stephen Poole are tied for 14th at 2 under. Palmetto Hall winner Brent Delahoussaye, also a Clemson product, is tied for 34th.
Following the completion of 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 54 players and ties for the event's final two rounds, which will be contested solely at Oldfield. Second-round play in the Oldfield Open will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday at both Oldfield Country Club and Chechessee Creek Club. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.
IJGA CLASSMATES INVOLVED IN CLOSE FINISHES
Two students from the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy beat out classmates to win their age groups at the International Junior Golf Tour event this past weekend at Kiawah Island Resort.
In the Boys 15-19 division, Shosei Inokawa (75-72--147) edged classmates Ben Dietrich and Saravit Kerdsinchai by a stroke for his second straight IJGT victory.
In the Girls Under 19 division, Moyu Sasaki (77-74--151) won by a stroke over classmate Saya Aono.
PAIR OF JPGA STUDENTS WIN IN FLA
Two students from Hilton Head Island's Junior Player Golf Academy won their age groups as this past weekend's Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Tournament event in Fleming Fla.
Ewan Ferguson won the boys 15-18 age division in a one-hole playoff over classmate Toks Pedro. Both shot 1-over 214 for the three-round tournament. Ferguson brdied the playoff hole to win.
Anita Uwadia won the girls 11-14 age division with a three-round score of 10-over 223, including an eagle n the par-5 16th in her final round.
Jack Stradwick had a hole-in-one Saturday, Feb. 18 on the 130-yard No. 15 South at Moss Creek Golf Club. It was witnessed by Stan Eastman, Mike Thompson and Ron Noel.