Finishing off his opening round on the front nine, Hend birdied the sixth and seventh holes before draining an eagle on the par-5 7th.
Paul Devenport of New Zealand is in second at 5-under.
The second round began at 8:15 this morning.
A one-hour forty-five minute frost delay Friday morning led to the first round being halted last night at 6:20 p.m. before getting back underway this morning at 7:20 a.m. on Barefoot Resort's Davis Love III course.
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