Hare leads City Amateur with 7-under 65

Jarrett Swan hits his ball out of the bunker on the second hole during the first round of of the 64th Men's City Amateur at Charleston Municipal Golf Course. Swan won last year's tournament in a playoff over Matt Laydon. Michael Pronzato/ Staff

Justin Hare, a former Duke golfer, shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday to take the first-round lead in the 64th Charleston City Amateur golf tournament at Municipal Golf Course.

Hare, who lost the 2008 City Amateur in a playoff, took advantage of soft conditions following a rainstorm that forced a weather delay of more than an hour, started on the back nine and birdied five holes (10, 11, 14, 15 and 18) for a 32, then recorded three birdies (2, 7 and 8) for a closing 33. His only bogey came on the par-4 13th hole.

Hare's closest challengers were Jonathan Smith and Matt Wood, who both turned in 3-under-par 69s.

Smith, who worked as a cart attendant at Municipal as a youngster, had nines of 35 and 34. He made two birdies (4 and 7) and one bogey (3) on the front and three birdies (14, 15 and 18) and one bogey on the back nine (12).

Wood enjoyed bogey-free round with birdies on the fourth, 13th and 15th.

Defending champion Jarrett Swan, a Charleston Southern golfer, was part of a group at 2-under 70. Swan defeated Matt Laydon, who opened with a 72, in a two-hole playoff to win the 2013 City Amateur.

Play continues through Sunday, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the last groups starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.