By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Dundas golfer Mackenzie Hughes shot a two-over-par 74 in the opening round of the eGolf Tour's Palmetto Hall Championship at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Friday.
Hughes finished the front nine at even par after an up and down stretch that saw him bogey, then par, bogey, then par, bogey, then par the first six holes.
Bogeys on the tenth, twelfth and eighteenth were grouped with one back nine birdie on the fifteenth.
With half the field yet to finish the opening round, Thursday afternoon, Hughes was tied for 32nd place along with fellow Canadian professional golfer Matt Hill. There are four other Canadians in the field.
Hughes' 74 was eight strokes behind the first round leaders score of six-under-par 66, before the official completion of the opening round.
This is Hughes' second event as a professional, and one of full scheduled of pro events planned this year.
Before the event started Hughes' father, Jeff, said it features a big field and Hughes will probably have to be better than the top 40 per cent to earn some money.
"To have a chance to make some significant prize money he will need to be significantly further up. The goal first is to make the cut, as lots do not," Jeff wrote in an email.
He said Hughes' grandparents are on vacation in South Carolina, and following their grandson as spectators.