Ben Dietrich is South Carolina Amateur Day One leader
Ben Dietrich <br>(South Carolina Athletics Photo)</br>
Ben Dietrich
(South Carolina Athletics Photo)

GEORGETOWN, SC (August 4, 2016) -- Conditions were ripe for the picking during the early part of the first round of the 85th South Carolina Amateur Championship at DeBordieu Club in Georgetown, S.C. Ben Dietrich of Bluffton holds a three stroke lead after firing an opening 5-under-par 67.

Dietrich started the day on the back nine and posted an round of even-par 36. “My game plan was to make some opening pars and hopefully make some birdies on the back,” the rising University of South Carolina senior commented. He did just that by making five birdies on the front side and posting a clean 31 for an impressive overall round.

The golf course held true to form and played tough even after more than two inches of rain the previous 36 hours leading up to the championship.

A slew of players are sitting three shots back at 2-under-par 70 including 2014 champion Andrew Novak (Mt. Pleasant) and 2013 champion, Carson Young (Pendleton). Defending champion, Keenan Huskey (Greenville) shot an opening round of 1-under-par 71.

The 2016 SCGA Amateur Championship is being played in Georgetown, S.C. over the par 72 – 7,012 yard layout of the DeBordieu Club designed by Pete and P.B. Dye. The field consisted of 126 players by the time the first round began that were either exempt or qualified at one of four sites.

ABOUT THE South Carolina Amateur

The Palmetto State’s finest amateur golfers square off in their annual youth-vs.-experience battle in the South Carolina Golf Association’s Amateur Championship. The 72 hole event will include the top golfers in South Carolina who have either qualified for their position or earned an exempt status through another accomplishment. This Championship brings out the best in all participants and includes former Champions such as Lucas Glover, DJ Trahan and Bill Haas.

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