AIKEN -- Brent Delahoussaye came into the Joe Wyatt Golf Tournament still fuming from last year's showing when he lost in a playoff to Dorman's Michael Sims.
So it didn't matter to the Riverside (Greer, S.C.) senior that a gusty wind had forced the morning golfers to shoot higher scores than normal at Woodside Plantation. The USC signee shot a 71 in the afternoon, tying him for the lead with Bo Taber from Hardaway of Columbus, Ga., and Brian Duncan from Travelers Rest, S.C.
"I'm pretty happy with the way I played today," said Delahoussaye, who birdied Nos. 6, 8 and 12. "The wind blew pretty hard all day, but it didn't really change anything I was doing. I tried to play my game. I wanted to win real bad last year, and I didn't. So I was hoping I could take this one."
A host of talented high school golfers are wishing on the same star. Winning has become a high honor at the tournament which boasts some of the top teams from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The final round tees off today with a shotgun start set for 8 a.m.
Host team South Aiken is leading the team competition. The Thoroughbreds were the only team to have all five of its golfers shoot 80 or lower. Kevin Kisner's round of 74 led South Aiken, which has a 306 total, two shots better than Delahoussaye's Riverside team that stands at 308.
Other local squads involved include Lakeside, which sits in 12th place at 323. Ryan Williams' 77 was the team's best round.
Aiken and North Augusta each shot 326, while Strom Thurmond posted a 327. Travelers Rest is the defending champion from team competition.
"We've got some top notch golfers," said tournament representative Erbie Blackwell. "That wind just blew all day, and it showed in most of the scores. I think if it dies down tomorrow, we'll see a lot more low rounds."
Reach Patrick Green covers sports in South Carolina for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (803) 648-1395.