Upstate Amateur Golf

Familiar names and low scores at Greenville Co Am

There are a lot of familiar names and some very good scores at the top of the leader boards after the first round of the Greenville County Amateur being played at the Preserve at Verdae.

Most of the familiar names are in the Senior Division while most of the low scores were turned in by golfers playing in the Championship Division.

Nelson Dickson closed out his opening round with birdies on four of his last five holes to take the lead at the Greenville County Amateur. (GolfClub File Photo)

Nelson Dickson has the lead after the first round in the Championship Division.

The former USC Upstate golfer shot a blistering 7-under par 65 at Verdae to hold a 1-shot lead.

Dickson played his best golf at the end of his round. He made four birdies in his last five holes to take the lead. The only bogey on his card came on the front nine.

As well as Dickson played, he only is one shot in front of Lleyton Renner. The Presbyterian College golfer survived a double bogey on the eighth hole to shoot a 6-under par 66.

Robbie Biershenk is in third place at 4-under par.

If Biershenk could win he would complete the rare Upstate Double by winning county amateurs in both Spartanburg and Greenville.

Only his father Tommy Sr. and Mike Gravley have won the “Double” during their careers.

Yancey Johnson is fourth and may have the best feel for the course. Johnson won the Greenville County Amateur title at Verdae in 2016.

The most familiar name on the top of the Senior Division is Bobby Hines. The two-time Greenville County Amateur champion shot an even par round of 72.

Two-time Greenville County Amateur champion Bobby Hines leads the Senior Division after the first round at The Preserve at Verdae. (GolfClub File Photo)

The recent inductee into the Greenville County Golf Hall of Fame has a 1-shot lead over Duff Wagner with Mark Souza in third place.

Mike Crain, Terry Willis and Ron Clontz are tied for fourth place after the opening round.

This year’s field of a little over 100 golfers is the smallest ever for the Greenville County championship.

When golfers in each division are totaled only 81 are competing for the Amateur championship and 21 are in the Senior Division.

There will not be the usual cut after 36 holes.

Greenville County Amateur scores

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