ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - LaGrange sits atop the leaderboard after the first round of the USA South Tournament being played at the Benevenue Country Club.
The Panthers lead Greensboro by one shot after a team score of 312. Two shots back is Huntingdon and defending champion Methodist is six shots back.
The course played hard Friday as no golfer finished under par for the day. N.C. Wesleyan's Chris Freeman leads the field after a one-over par 73. Greensboro's John Grimes and Maryville's Joel Thornton are one shot back of Freeman.
"The greens and around them were difficult and you don't have much green to work with plus it was windy," Howard said. "Its a short difficult designed course that doesn't get you with length, it gets you around the greens and if you miss in the right areas you make bogeys or double bogeys."
The tournament continues Saturday before wrapping up Sunday.