Thomas Bullock, the 2007 champion, fired a 4-under-par 68 Friday and took a two-shot lead in the Charleston City Amateur tournament at Municipal Golf Course.

Trailing Bullock at 2-under 70 are Mike Cobb, Tony Morelli, Ed Royall and Tre Sheppard.

Defending champion Bert Atkinson opened with a 71 and is tied for sixth with Steve Agazzi and Matt Wood.

Bullock, who started on the back nine, made only one bogey but got it out of the way early, making a 5 on the par-4 12th. But he finished the back nine with birdies at 15, 16 and 18. He added a pair of birdies on the front nine, at 6 and 7, for a pair of 34s.

Morelli was the most consistent of the players bunched at 70, making one birdie on each nine. Royall made one bogey on the front nine, but had an eagle-3 on No. 15, along with birdies at 11 and 18 for a back-nine 33.

Cobb's round included five birdies along with a bogey and a double bogey. Sheppard recorded four birdies and two bogeys.

The tournament continues through Sunday, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing through 2:20 p.m. off both nines. The field will be divided into flights following today's round.

FIRST ROUND SCORES

Tom Bullock 34-34--68

Mike Cobb 36-34--70

Tony Morelli 35-35--70

Ed Royall 37-33--70

Tre Sheppard 34-36--70

Steve Agazzi 38-33--71

Bert Atkinson 38-33--71

Matt Wood 35-36--71

Tadd Brown 36-36--72

Paul Conway 39-33--72

Clinton Knisley 38-34--72

Caulder Moore 36-36--72

Cabe Prieskorn 37-35--72

Trevor Scott 37-35--72

Ben Sloan 38-34--72

Jarrett Swan 37-35--72

Nick Avery 37-36--73

Blake Banks 34-39--73

Ed Borja 37-36--73

Sam Little 36-37--73

Patrick Mallard 35-38--73

Brian Phillips 37-36--73

Ross Tooley 36-37--73

Clark Truluck 37-36--73

Bubber Ulmer 36-37--73

Doug Williams 37-36--73

Michael Wilson 38-35--73

Reid Armstrong 39-35--74

Michael Assey 36-38--74

Bob Bacon 36-38--74

Mike Brauer 40-34--74

Duane Bausman 37-37--74

Trey Dennis 37-37--74

T.A. Fulmer 36-38--74

Gettys Glaze 38-36--74

Matt Laydon 37-37--74

Mark Lipsmeyer 39-35--74

Kyle Peters 38-36--74

Daniel Sloan 38-36--74

Daniel Vroon 38-36--74

Dan Wanner 37-37--74