RECAP: @UTTylerMensGolf tied for 2nd at NCAA tournament

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. –  UT Tyler is tied for second after the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship by shooting a 8-over-par team-total (296) on Tuesday at the Las Colinas Golf Course with freshman Trystan Perkins carding 1-over-par to lead the Patriots.

UT Tyler is only three shots behind Huntingdon College which opened the tournament with a 293, while Rhodes College and LaGrange College are tied with the Patriots with rounds of 296. Huntingdon started its tournament at the El Campeon Golf Course where UT Tyler will play its second round starting at 6:30 a.m. (CST) on Wednesday.

“I like that we are close to the lead even though I don’t think we played our best and did not finish the way we needed to,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “But we have put ourselves in a good position. I’m excited to get back out there.”

Perkins is tied for 17th overall after shooting an opening round 73 with four birdies, while Brandon Rougeau and Sam Hill are tied for 24th after rounds 74. Rougeau finished with three birdies and 10 pars on his scorecard and Hill had four birdies and nine pars. George Toone is in 39th overall with a 75 in his first round at the national tournament and Cody Gilbert shot a 78 in a round where he had one birdie and 11 pars in a 6-over round.

Addison Lambeth leads the tournament after carding a 3-under 69 with five birdies and only two bogeys for Huntingdon, while David Rabil (Christopher Newport) and Cameron Willis (Wittenberg) are tied for second after turning in 70s on Tuesday.

Mary Hardin-Baylor, which won the American Southwest Conference Championship, is currently 14th with a 304 team-total and Concordia is in 21st overall after starting with a 311. After Wednesday's second round, the field will be cut to the top 18 teams and the top six individuals not on those teams for the final two rounds Thursday and Friday.