Men's Golf In Striking Distance at Kiawah Island Invite
KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – The North Georgia men's golf team finds themselves in striking distance following the opening round of the Seventh Annual Kiawah Island Invitational, sitting in a tie for 12th place in the field of 21 teams.
The event, hosted by USC Aiken at the 6,875-yard, par 72 Cougar Point Golf Course, features some of the top teams in the country as a top 10 team in the country holds the lead heading into the final round.
GCSU's first round team score of four-over 292 on Monday helped GCSU finish one stroke ahead of current second place teams Barton College and USC Beaufort, who both ended the first round of action with total team tallies of 293. Flagler is just behind the three teams in fourth with a team score of 295 after the first round.
The Saints currently sit in a tie for 12th place overall following an opening round 16-over-par 306, the program's second lowest round in school history. Monday's round put North Georgia 11 shots off the lead, and just one shot behind PBC rivals Clayton State and Armstrong Atlantic, while USC Aiken is just two shots clear of the Saints in ninth place with a 14-over-par 302.
Carson-Newman's Gavin Hay is the individual leader after the first round of action. Hay carded a three-under par 69 to finish one stroke ahead of four others who finished for a tie for second after day one with a 70.
Junior Howard Duffin was the low score of the day for North Georgia with a two-over-par 74 to sit a tie for 24th place overall. He will enter Tuesday's final round five shots off the lead, while teammate Brian Mallory start one shot back following his opening round three-over-par 75.
Bryson Womack tallied a four-over-par 76 on the first day, while freshmen Grant Rish and Dillon Bowers competed in their first-ever collegiate event and carded rounds of 79 and 82 respectively.
The second and final day of the two-round, 36-hole 2010 Kiawah Island Invitational will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7. The 2010 Kiawah Island Invitational features 21 teams in total with eight Peach Belt Conference schools involved.