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Hootie at Bulls Bay competitive after 1st round

Matt NeSmith and the South Carolina Gamecocks share the lead at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.
Matt NeSmith and the South Carolina Gamecocks share the lead at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. ( Courtesy South Carolina Athletics )

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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The leaderboard is crowded near the top at The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awensaw, S.C.

Missouri and South Carolina sit in a tie for first at 7 under through the first round, but four teams are within two strokes – College of Charleston and Wake Forest are tied at 6 under and Kentucky and Virginia are at 5 under.

Three individuals are tied at first after firing 4-under 68s at the par-72, 7,282-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club – Virginia's Derek Bard, South Carolina's Ben Dietrich and College of Charleston's Josh Lorenzetti.

Three teams in the field are ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings' top 25 – No. 10 Virginia, No. 19 South Carolina and No. 23 Auburn. Auburn sits in seventh at 3 under.