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How did our local pros do in the first round at the BMW?

The BMW first-round leader, Nelson Ledesma posted a 9-under par 63 at the Carolina Country Club. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)

Nelson Ledesma shot an impressive 9-under par 63 at the Carolina Country Club to take the first round lead at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD-Synnex.

Ledesma is from Argentina and his 63 was his career low round on the Korn-Ferry Tour.

His six under par front nine included an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole to card a 30. On the back nine he ran off a string of four birdies in a row on holes 13-16 to finish at 9-under par.

Par at Carolina is 72 while par at Thornblade is 71.

On the leader board Ledesma’s 9-under par 63 is first while the 8-under par 63 Zach Fisher shot at Thornblade is second. Fisher is tied with Ryan Ruffels who shot an 8-under par 64 at Carolina for second.

Any confusion will end after Fridays round when both waves of golfers will complete play at the two courses and the remainder of the tournament will be played at Thornblade on the weekend.

The contingent of local players will have to step up their games in the second round if they want to catch up to Ledesma and the others.

The top golfer with local ties is former BMW Champion Mark Anderson. The former Gamecock golfer is tied for 18th.

Anderson shot a 5-under par 67 at Carolina which included an eagle 3 on the par-5 ninth hole (regularly the 18th hole at Carolina, the nines have been reversed for the tournament)

Former BMW Champion Mark Anderson is tied for 18th after shooting 5-under par 67 at Carolina. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)

The next best score from a local favorite was turned in by a player who won championships in high school at Dorman and a national championship with Clemson in college.

DJ Trahan shot a 4-under par 67 at Thornblade and is joined with 19 other golfers all tied for 30th.

One of those 19 is another former Tiger.

Carson Young already has one win this season on the Korn-Ferry Tour with a victory in the Panama Championship.

Young, from Pendleton, shot a 4-under par 68 at Carolina.

After an even par front nine, Young made four-birdies on the back nine to tie for 30th.

Clemson grad Carson Young from Pendleton is tied for 30th after the first round of the BMW. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)
Jacob Bridgeman from Inman rolls in one of his six birdies on the day. The Clemson grad is tied for 49th at 3-under par. (GolfClub Photo)

ACC Champion Jacob Bridgeman, the second ranked graduate in this year’s PGA Tour University standings got the better of his head to head match up with the top ranked graduate Pierceson Coody.

Bridgeman birdied his final hole at Thornblade to finish at 3-under par in a tie for 49th, while Coody finished at 1-over par 72 to tie for 119th.

West Point grad Marcus Plunkett shot a 2-under par 70 in his first Korn-Ferry Tour event and is in a tie for 69th. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)

West Point grad and Army veteran Marcus Plunkett, who now lives in Greenville, won his way into the BMW with a victory in the host’s club qualifying tournament.

Plunkett got to 4-under par on his first nine holes, but an uneven back nine dropped him back to 2-under par and a tie for 69th.

Easley native and Auburn grad Trace Crowe shot a 1-under par 70 at Thornblade to tie for 89th.

Another pro who grew up in Easley and played at Clemson, Corbin Mills, had an eagle and a double bogey on his front nine at Thornblade and finished at even par in a tie for 100.

The celebrity team posting the best score was baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and his pro Zach Fisher who as noted above is tied for second. The team shot 13-under par while Fisher was 8-under on his own ball so the “Wizard of Oz” helped his pro.

First round BMW Scores and Friday tee times are available at

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