Scots tied for fourth in opening round; post second-lowest MC score ever in conference tournament

Scots tied for fourth in opening round; post second-lowest MC score ever in conference tournament

Maryville College shot the second-lowest round they've ever had in the first round of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament, as the Scots ranked tied for fourth after day one.

MC's Wil Manuel extended his school record Eagle mark, as the tallied his seventh career Eagle. Doug Whitten also recorded an Eagle on the day, as the Scots card a 302 in the first round.

"Our goal for the day was to not shoot ourselves out of it," Manuel said. "I think we accomplished our goal, and we are looking forward to the next two rounds."

MC's opening round 302 is the second-lowest for Maryville College, as only their nine-over 297 in 2015 season ranks better.

"I'm pleased with our position, only 13 shots behind the leader Methodist," Head Coach Ron Waters said. "We need to play better tomorrow."

Manuel recorded his seventh career Eagle with a three on the 492-yard, par-5 seventh. The junior used drive, eight iron combination, sticking his second shot to just 5 feet.

It extends his lead over MC All-American Trey Bridwell for the most in a Scots' career. Bridwell tallied five eagles in his career from 2009 to 2011.

Whitten's Eagle came on the par-5, 560-yard 10th hole. Whitten used drive and then five iron, before he was able to sink a short putt for the first Eagle in his career.

Maryville ranks tied for fourth in the tournament with LaGrange College, as Methodist University leads the tournament with a one-over 289. N.C. Wesleyan College has a six-over 294 for second, while Huntingdon College's 295 ranks third.

Maryville is only 13 shots off the lead and eight shots off second place in the opening round, as Tyler Bray and Garrett Compliment also etch their names inside the MC record book. The duo combined for a pair of 73s.

That tally is tied for the fourth-best rounds in school history along with Whitten's 73 in 2017 and Joel Thornton's in 2015. Both Bray and Compliment ranked tied for ninth individually, as Manuel has a 78 in the opening round. Whitten adds a 78, as D.J. Shelton scored an 81 on the first day.

N.C. Wesleyan's Grady Anderson holds the lead individually with a four-under 68, as Methodist's Jared Chinn posts a two-under 70 for second.

Maryville will continue in the second round of the tournament tomorrow in LaGrange, Ga.