GREENSBORO, N.C. -- No. 4/6 Hampden-Sydney College Golf posted a first-round score of 290 on Monday to stand in a three-way tie for first among 22 teams at The O'Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament being played at The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sophomore John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount is leading the Tigers with his one-under par round of 70, tied for third individually among 120 golfers.
Ferguson posted five birdies and nine pars during his opening round on the par 71, 6,743-yard layout designed by the world-renowned golf course architect. Ferguson is being followed by junior Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. (72, T-9th), senior Adam Hade/Richmond (74, T-21st) and sophomore Hunter Martin/Gloucester Point (74, T-21st), along with senior Bruce Shober/Appomattox (77, T-61st). Freshman Alex Rubino/Charlotte, N.C. is playing as an individual, and opened with a round of 74, tied for 21st, as well. Smith added five birdies and 10 pars on the day for the Tigers, while Hade had two birdies and 12 pars, Martin had three birdies and 11 pars, Shober had 13 pars, and Rubino contributed three birdies and 10 pars over the first round.
The annual tournament features 12 of the top 32 teams nationally, as ranked in the latest Golfstat Division III Rankings. H-SC (290), ranked No. 4 the latest Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll and No. 6 by Golfstat, is tied for first along with tournament host and No. 16 Guilford (290), as well as No. 23 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (290). No. 12 Carnegie Mellon (294) and No. 3 Emory (295) comprise the top five teams. Rankings listed for the other teams are by Golfstat.
James Mishoe of Guilford is the individual leader through 18 holes at three-under 68.
H-SC will continue and complete its competition in the two-day, 36-hole event on Tuesday in North Carolina.
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