Myers Park High School of Charlotte, N.C., shot a team score of 287 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club to take a seven-stroke lead after the first round of the Palmetto High School Golf Championship.
Waccamaw High School and Frederica Academy of St. Simons Island, Ga., shot 294s and are in second place.
Frederica Sarut Vongchaisit and Joe Tucker of Bishop Hendrickson High School shot matching 67s to lead the race for medalist honors. Waccamaw’s Patrick Golden and Connor Armistead of Charlotte Christian shot 68s and are one-stroke back.
Tuscola High School, from Waynesville, N.C., shot a 306 at True Blue Golf Club, good for a four-stroke lead over Fox Creek High School in the First Flight.
Twenty-eight teams from seven states are competing in the event.
The 54-hole, college style event opened Thursday with a qualifying round at True Blue Golf Club. The Friday and Saturday rounds will be played at True Blue and its sister course, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, both of which are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.
Caledonia is ranked 24th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of America’s best public courses, and True Blue is 77th on the prestigious list. Both layouts are Mike Strantz designs that offer distinct, yet equally dramatic and memorable experiences.
Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.
Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.