Hamilton remains tied for lead after two rounds at Palmetto Amateur

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) - The 43rd annual Palmetto Amateur teed off at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken on Wednesday with a familiar, but unexpected face atop the leaderboard.

South Aiken grad and current Wofford men's golf coach, Alex Hamilton, opened with an 8-under 62 in his first appearance since 2005 in the Palmetto Am.

The 35-year-old Hamilton followed it up with a one-over 71 on Thursday to remain tied for the lead after two rounds.

"It's just nice to compete again," Hamilton said. "I haven't played a four-round event since 2012, so just to be a little nervous. I was definitely nervous yesterday, and I guess I should have been more nervous today. I got off to a terrible start, so like I said just to be able to compete again and have those nerves is a really good thing.

"You know [the goal] is just have fun. It's nice having my dad on the bag. As long as I can keep it in perspective. We have a two-year-old little girl, who doesn't even know I played golf today, so it's not that big a deal at the end of the [day]."

Hamilton (-7) tees off in a grouping with co-leader Ryan Knop at 12:10 Friday.

Defending champion Bobby Bai and Augusta University golfer Alex Shead are three shots back. They tee off at Noon.

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