Virginia Tech golfer Anne Taylor Hough of Spartanburg has the first round lead at the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Amateur championship being played at Thornblade Club.
Hough shot an opening round 2-under par 70 to hold a one shot lead over Anderson University golfer Kate Hill.
Hill, a rising sophomore from Clemson, birdied her final hole to post a 1-under par 71.
Hough carded an eagle 3 on the 18th hole at Thornblade to help take the one shot lead.
The 18th hole at Thornblade has been changed to a par-5 for the women’s championship. The course which usually plays to a par 71 is playing as a par 72 for the tournament. The front nine is a par 35 and the back nine is a par 37 with three par-5s.
Three golfers are tied for third place. Furman’s Reona Harai, James Madison’s Morgan Cox and Lexington High School senior Gracyn Burgess, the South Carolina girls player of the year last year, all shot even par 72.
Three-time amateur champion Lea Venable of Simpsonville is tied for sixth place with junior golfer Phoebe Carles of Clinton at 1-over par.
Defending champion Dawn Woodard, a member at Thornblade, shot an opening round of 2-over par 74 and is tied for eighth. Woodard is trying to win her eighth state championship and break a tie with legendary South Carolina golfer Carolyn Cudone for the most WSCGA Amateur titles.
Pam Prescott from Pickens has the lead in the State Division portion of the tournament. Prescott shot a 75 to hold a three shot lead over Chrissie Spidell and Betty Jean Armbruster.