Sarah Bertram shot a 2-under 70 to take the first-round lead at the Carolinas Women's Amateur Golf Championship on Friday at Porters Neck Country Club.
Southport's Ashley Sloup, who won the tournament last year, is one shot back after firing a 1-under 71.
"I felt really good about everything," Sloup said. "I just wanted to enjoy the day, take it one shot at time, and do the best that I can."
Bertram, a 22-year-old Gardner-Webb women's golf alum, credited her pitching wedge for giving her opportunities for easy birdie putts Friday, most notably on the par-4 18th, where she came up roughly five feet short of dunking in an eagle.
"My pitching wedge was my friend today," Betram said. "I didn't hit many low-yardage wedges, but my pitching wedge was what I used on the last hole."
Play resumes Saturday at 8 a.m. and the final round begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
A total of 79 golfers are competing in the 91st Carolinas Women's Amateur Championship, the longest running women's amateur golf championship in the Carolinas.
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