Sease up by 1 in City Amateur

Paul Conway reacts to his tee short from the seventh hole on the first round of the Charleston City Amateur golf tournament held Friday at the the Municipal Course on James Island. Conway shot 70 and is tied for third. Grace Beahm/Staff

Christian Sease fired a 4-under-par 68 Friday and took a one-stroke lead over Andy Gianoukos after the first round of the 2015 Charleston City Amateur golf tournament at Municipal Golf Course.

John Belicka, Paul Conway, Thomas Ellenburg and Patrick Mallard are tied for third with 70s.

Sease, a junior on the Winthrop golf team who played his high school golf at Wando, had 34s on the front and back nines. He birdied the par-5 second and par-3 fourth hole and then parred until making the turn. On the back nine he birdied 10, bogeyed 13 and birdied 15 and 18.

Gianoukos, who started his round with a bogey on No. 9, quickly got that back and was 4 under with birdies at 10, 12, 15, 17 and 2. Gianoukos made back-to-back bogeys on 5 and 6 and then birdied the seventh to shoot 69.

Only 10 players were at par or better after the opening day of the 54-hole tournament. The field will be flighted for Sunday’s final round. Tee times today range from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. with play starting on 1 and 9.

LEADERS

Christian Sease, 34-34—68; Andy Gianoukos, 37-32—69; John Belicka, 38-32—70; Paul Conway, 34-36—70; Thomas Ellenburg, 35-35—70; Patrick Mallard, 37-33—70; Mike Bauer, 38-33—71; Matt Metz, 37-35—72; Ed Royall, 38-34—72; Travis Wolfe, 39-33—72; Brian Kirhofer, 39-34—73; Davis Mullany, 38-35—73; Grant Waggoner, 36-37—73; Jimmy Hyams, 36-38—74; Preston Johnson, 39-35—74; Blake Maull, 36-38—74; Louis Muir, 37-37—74; Danner, Benfield, 36-39—75; Daniel Booher, 37-38—75; Rodney Hancock, 43-33—75; Will Hightower, 39-36—75; Sam Little, 38-37—75; Drayton Stewart, 38-37—75; Kevin Tawes, 40-35—75; Clark Truluck, 39-36—75; Doug Williams, 37-38—75; Matt Wood, 40-35—75; Oren Wood, 38-37—75; Tadd Brown, 39-37—76; Scotty Davis, 39-37—76; Mac Frye, 38-38—76; T.A. Fulmer, 39-37—76; Gregg Griffith, 41-35—76; Jackson Moore, 35-41—76; Jeremy Moore, 38-38—76; Brian Phillips, 39-37—76; Austin Zoller, 38-38—76; Reid Armstrong, 39-38—77; Dan Cook, 40-37—77; Andrew Crowley, 37-40—77; Kent Hall, 40-37—77; Brian Lott, 42-35—77; Brian McDougal, 38-39—77; Lucas McNellis, 39-38—77; Andrew Polm, 41-36—77; Evan Rodwell, 39-38—77; Mark Danelon, 37-41—78; Patrick Harrington, 40-38—78; Mark Hoover, 40-38—78; Ron McNally, 41-37—78; Doug Miller, 39-39—78; Justin Neely, 40-38—78; Dennis Slezak, 40-38—78; Winn Tutterow, 42-36—78.