NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- No. 14 Hampden-Sydney College posted a first-round team score of 297 on Tuesday to stand seventh among 42 teams at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Junior Bruce Shober/Appomattox is leading the Tigers with his day one score of one-under par 71, tied for sixth individually among 215 golfers.
Playing the back nine first at Keene Trace's Keene Run course, a par 72, 6,897-yard layout, Shober posted four birdies and 11 pars toward his opening round of one-under 71. He is being followed by sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. at one-over par 73 (T-20), freshman Hunter Martin/Gloucester at 76 (T-60), junior Adam Hade/Richmond at 77 (T-81) and freshman John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount at 79 (T-111). Smith had three birdies and 11 pars. Martin had 14 pars. Hade had two birdies and nine pars. Ferguson had one birdie and 11 pars.
The Tigers finished day one sixth in par 4 scoring (4.18, +9), tied for ninth in par 3 scoring (3.30, +6) and tied for 13th in par 5 scoring (5.05, +1). H-SC is fifth in pars (56) and tied for 12th in birdies (10). Martin is tied for fifth in pars (14). Smith is tied for seventh in par 4 scoring (3.90, -1). Shober is tied for seventh in birdies (4) and tied for 12th in par 4 scoring (4.00, E). Shober and Hade are each tied for 13th in par 3 scoring (3.00, E).
Nationally-ranked No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan is leading the event with its 287, also posted at the Keene Run course, followed by No. 29 Concordia-Texas (288, Keene Run), No. 25 Trinity-Conn. (290, Keene Run), No. 4 Wittenberg-Ohio (295, Keene Run) and No. 17 Oglethorpe-Ga. (295, Keene Run) along with ODAC member and No. 6 Guilford (296, Champion Trace course) ahead of the No. 14 Tigers (297) in seventh-place. ODAC member and No. 10 Washington and Lee is tied for 221st (312, Champion Trace). Sam Goldenring of Williams-Mass. is the individual leader at three-under 69 through 18 holes.
H-SC will continue its competition in the national tournament on Wednesday at the Keene Trace GC, Champion Trace course, a par 72, 7,190-yard layout. Following a 36-hole team cut, the Top 18 teams and the tournament's six individual qualifiers will continue playing in the national championships on Thursday and Friday, while the other 24 teams are finished at the event. The Keene Trace GC in the Kentucky Bluegrass of Nicholasville is located approximately 12 miles southwest of Lexington.
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