Par took a beating in the first round of the 106th Carolinas Amateur.
Thirty-six golfers shot even par or better to blister the Cape Fear Country Club course in Wilmington.
Lansdon Robbins from Davidson led the way with 7-birdies and no bogeys on his way to a 7-under par 65 and a one shot lead.
“I played solid,” Robbins said after his round. “I didn’t really hit any bad shots. Made a few putts and missed in the right spot if I did miss. I really just hit a lot of greens, hit it pretty close and made some putts,” he said.
Robbins closed out his round with a flurry carding a 32 on the back nine making two birdies on his last four holes.
The UNC Wilmington golfer kept a hot streak going at the amateur. Two-weeks ago he won the Golfweek Myrtle Beach Collegiate with a final round 5-under par 67 on the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.
“My ball striking and driving was good,” Robbins added. “I think I only missed two greens in regulation. I was able to leave myself in the right spot for easy up and downs. Other than that, I was really just hitting it in the right spots on the greens, giving myself easy putts, and I was just able to roll a few in,” he said.
Robbins finished in front of another golfer coming into the Amateur off a win.
Peter Fountain from Raleigh, who will be a UNC golfer in the fall, won the North Carolina Amateur in late June. He opened the CGA event with a 6-under par round.
“I played well today. I kept the ball in front of me and just didn’t make many mistakes,” Fountain said. “If you are able to hit a lot of fairways and greens, you can go low here,” he said.
The only difference between the top-two golfers was Fountain’s bogey on the 13th hole.
” I started off well on the back nine, but bladed a wedge shot over the green on No. 13 and didn’t get up and down for a bad bogey. After that though, I was able to get it back and make three birdies in the last four holes. All in all, it was a good round,” he said.
Wofford golfer Walker Jones from Sumter, Brady Moran from Greensboro and Micheal Cildress from Salisbury are all tied for third after posting 5-under par rounds of 67.
Three South Carolina golfers are in a four-way tie for sixth place.
The 2019 SCGA Player of the Year Jordan Sease from Lexington is tied with Logan Sowell from Kershaw. Furman golfer Harry Reynolds from Greenville and Addison Beam from Cherryville to round out the top-10.
Ageless Paul Simson, the all-time winningest golfer in CGA competitions, is tied with six other golfers including Greenville’s Rafe Reynolds for 10th.
The CGA contributed to this report.
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