Florida State signee Taylor Roberts (-1) and Lansdon Robbins of UNC Wilmington (-3) paced their respective fields in first-round action Wednesday of the Golfweek Myrtle Beach Collegiate at The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.
Roberts takes a one-shot lead into Thursday play over the University of North Carolina’s Nicole Adam and Virginia Tech’s Alyssa Montgomery, who each finished at even-par 72 on a Dye Course setup that is playing to 6,152 yards for the women’s division. Mallory Forbes (UNC Wilmington) and Mikayla Bardwell (Tennessee) are lurking at 1-over par, with Julia Johnson of Ole Miss (ranked 70th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings) one of five golfers also in contention at 2-over par.
Robbins finished one shot clear of a men’s trio that includes Virginia Tech’s Connor Burgess, Austin Peay’s Chase Korte and Michigan’s Jude Kim. Christopher Zhang (Northwestern), Easton Paxton (North Carolina State) and Joey McCarthy (Cincinnati) are also in the hunt, each shooting 1-under-par 71 on a men’s course setup playing at 7,152 yards.
Roberts is picking up where she left off earlier in 2020, when she captured the women’s crown in the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach.
A full field of 119 competitors covering men’s and women’s divisions is teeing it up in this 54-hole stroke play event. The field is comprised of players who were on a college roster during the 2019-2020 season, as well as incoming college freshmen who are signed to play in college starting this fall. In either scenario, it marks a highly anticipated return to competition for players whose college and high school seasons were cut short in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.
Nine golfers in the men’s division (the lowest-scoring at +1 through 15 holes) were on the course when play was suspended late Wednesday. Round 1 for those golfers will resume at 7 a.m. Thursday, with Round 2 tee times set to begin at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.