Rigel Fernandes, a native of India who just completed his freshman season at the University of South Florida, fired a 7-under-par 65 Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the 2014 Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant>

Fernandes holds a one-stroke lead over Carter Page, a rising junior at North Carolina State, and is three strokes in front of Davis Womble, who just completed his sophomore season at Wake Forest.

Erskine's Brad Thorne is part of a four-way tie for fourth at 9.

Wofford's Jeremy Grab, who played for Bishop England, is part of a group at 2-under 70 that also includes Charleston Southern's Ross Thomson and J.D. Lehman of Bluffton.

Fernandes, who attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, birdied the first three holes Wednesday, bogeyed the seventh and birdied the ninth to make the turn at 33. He closed with birdies at 12, 13, 16 and 18 to take the lead.

Page also recorded eight birdies but dropped a stroke behind Fernandes with a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole.

Womble managed to escape without a bogey, making birdies at 6, 13, 16 and 18.

The tournament continues through Saturday, with the field cut to the low 54 and ties for the final round. Tee times each day begin at 8 a.m.

SCORES

Rigel Fernandes 65

Carter Page 66

Davis Womble 68

Caleb Sibley 69

Alec Tahy 69

Brad Thorne 69

Cameron Brown 69

William Betts 70

Daniel Chian 70

Ryan Cole 70

Zhongyang Fu 70

Jeremy Grab 70

Tanner Owen 70

Rhyne Jones 70

Ross Thomson 70

Travis Smyth 70

J.D. Lehman 70

Davis Morrison 71

Connor Sock 71

Jarrett Swan 71

Matt Laydon 71

Andrew Novak 71

Daniel Pizetoski 71

Cory Sciupider 71

Alex Handy 71

Johnson Holliday 71

Joshua Fickes 72

Jared Freeman 72

Mason Seaborn 72

William Rainey 72

Will Pieper 72

Daniel Luftspring 72

Tom Swanson 72

Scotty Verplank 72

Austin Morrison 72

Jamie Wilson 72

Carson Schaake 73

Andy Simmons 73

Eddie Wajda 73

Jake McBride 73

Joey Lane 73

Matthew Rushton 73

Al Dickens IV 73

David Cooke 73

Davis Bateman 73

Brandon Jelley 74

Meechai Padungsiriseth 74

Tyler Lucas 74

Colby Hipp 74

Chris Karlovich 74

Jon Weiss 74

Mickey Werenski 74

Zac Stolz 74

Eric Hallberg 74

Tyler Williams 75

Dru Love 75

Spencer Reed 75

Robert Jacobsen 75

Chad Cox 75

Garrett Atkinson 75

Jonathan Chen 76

Paul Conway 76

Philip Oweida 76

Parker Mills 76

Kyle Kochevar 76

Henry Mabbett 76

Shawn Tsai 76

Michael Wilhelm 77

Bodi Karsono 77

Dong-Jun Kim 77

Mike Lund 77

Jackson Moore 77

Wil Shepperd 77

Zachary Balit 77

Drew Johnson 77

Dustin Dingus 78

Aaron Eckstein 78

Rob Bovender 78

Trey Smith 78

Dan Woodbury 79

Tripp Cuttino 79

Chris Mullins 79

Ryan Mondy 79

Wilson Day 80

Zachary Herr 80

Drew Cooke 81

Tommy Schofield 81

Brent McKenzie 81

Mike Wilson 81

Richard Hubbard 81

Branden Collins 82

Christian Cichan 82

Alec Berens 82

Bradley Lipsmeyer 83

Tyler Young 83

Nick Celestino 84

Leon Leggett 85

Miles Curley 89