After a disappointing finish at last week’s Northeast Amateur, Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer bounced back in a big way Wednesday, firing a bogey-free round of 7-under-par 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.
Nimmer had a solid first round last week in Rhode Island before struggling for the next two rounds and missing the cut.
The former Hilton Head Christian Academy standout and current Clemson All-American switched putters before heading to Atlanta, and the new flatstick paid immediate dividends.
Nimmer birdied the first two holes and added another at the par-3 sixth to make the turn at 3-under. He added four more birdies in a stretch of six holes, including back-to-back at Nos. 13 and 14, before making par on his final two holes to finish off a pristine round of 65.
A group of three players sit one shot back with seven more trailing by two shots.
Nimmer is scheduled to tee off at 10:48 a.m. in Thursday’s second round.