Shad Tuten of Savannah, Georgia, shot a sizzling 6-under-par 65 Wednesday to take the lead after the first round of the Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus.
Tuten has a one-shot lead over Mason Seaborn of Montrose, Alabama.
Six golfers opened with a 3-under 68, including Columbus State's Cates Culpepper.
Tuten made six birdies and no bogeys during his round on the par-71 course.
He started on No. 10 and birdied Nos. 12, 16 and 17. After making the turn, he added birdies on 2, 7 and 8.
Seaborn started on No. 1 and got his round off to a rousing start with an eagle on the par-5 opening hole.
He birdied 4 and 7 before bogeying the par-3 eighth. He added birdies on 13 and 15.
Culpepper made three birdies -- 4, 12 and 15 -- and no bogeys.
Six more golfers shot a 69, including former Brookstone and current Georgia golfer Parker Derby.
Six also shot 70 as 20 golfers broke par. Included in the group at 70 is Culpepper's CSU teammate, Bryan Lichimo.
Defending champion Seth Reeves is among a group of 11 at 1-ver 72. Reeves made two birdies and three bogeys.
The field of 100 will be cut to the low 60 and ties after Thursday's second round.