BLYTHEWOOD -- University of South Carolina golfer Wesley Bryan, shot a 4-under-par 67 to take the first-round lead in the 79th annual S.C. Amateur Championship at Columbia Country Club on Thursday.

Three players, including 2008 champion Lee Palms, are one shot behind at 68.

The 20-year-old Bryan's round was highlighted by four birdies in his first six holes. Second are Austin Reeves, Lee Palms, both of Greenville, and Seneca's Drew Ernst. Palms, 41, is the most recent non-collegian champion in the field.

Among Lowcountry golfers, Charleston's Matt Laydon was in a group at even-par 71, Caulder Moore of the Isle of Palms and Bert Atkinson of Charleston shot a 73. The event began with a field of 135 and will be cut to the low 70 and ties following the first two rounds of play.

Clemson club meeting

New Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell is the featured speaker tonight at the Charleston County Clemson Club's "30 Days & Accounting Countdown to Kickoff" event at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant.

Music will be provided by the Cruise-O-Matics, specializing in '50s, '60s and '70s beach music. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

The program begins at 7 p.m. with doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner includes wings, barbecue, shrimp and dessert with a cash bar.

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USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team advanced to the final of the V FISU World University Championships in Tokyo with a 4-2 semifinal victory over Japan. South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was 1 for 4 with a run scored.

The U.S. will face Cuba for the gold on Saturday.

In 17 games for Team USA this summer, Bradley now has a.349 batting average (21 for 62) with 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.