Okatie native John Patterson shot an opening round 65 to take a 1 shot lead after the 1st day of play at the Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston on Thursday.
Mercer's Hans Reimers and Florida Golf Coast's Edward Figueroa are each 1 shot back at -5 after the 1st day of play.
Defending champion Austin Langdale, a freshman at Clemson, is tied 24th place at +1.
A couple Lowcountry natives are also in contention after round 1. Charleston's Brennan King shot a 70 to go into round 2 5 shots back. Mt. Pleasant's Michael Assey shot 72 to finish at +1.