Edison Leads After Opening Round of Palmetto, Schlottman Breaks Fowler’s Tourney Record

April 18, 2014

The leaderboard at the top of the Palmetto is tightEdison High School shot a team score of 298 at Lion’s Paw Golf Course to take a five-shot lead in the Championship Flight after the first round of the Palmetto High School Golf Championship.

Forsyth Country Day School’s Ben Schlottman fired a tournament record 65, and FCDS and Charlotte Christian are tied for second place. Schlottman's score was one better than PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler's 66, the previous record. (Championship Flight team standings)

West Florence shot a team total of 325 at Panther’s Run to lead the first flight. (First Flight team standings)

The Palmetto is a 54-hole, college-style event that allows high school teams to test themselves against opponents from across the nation. Teams opened play with a qualifying round on the Lion’s Paw or Panther’s Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation on Thursday.

Teams were then flighted, according to score, for the final 36 holes of competition. The first round was played on the Panther’s Run and Lion’s Paw courses. The championship round will be played on the Willard Byrd and Rees Jones courses at Sea Trail Plantation.

Defending champion Forsyth Country Day, led by Auburn signee Ben Schlottman, is back to defend its title.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s most distinguished alums.

Teams from South Carolina, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Texas will be competing in the Palmetto this year.