The Maryville College men's and women's golf teams opened the first round of the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational on Monday, as the men's squad finished the opening day in the top five.
MC's men finished fourth overall on the 6,758-yard course in Rome, Ga., with an 11-over team score. Katelyn Witucki and Hannah Doherty played as individuals on the 5,851-yard Coosa Country Club course, after injuries sidelined a pair of Scots.
Witucki finished round one of the tournament with a seven-over 79. The junior from Seymour, Tenn. posted a two-over score on the front nine to finish tied for 28th individually. Teammate Doherty posted a score of 88, as she birdied the par-five fifth. She ranks tied for 70th following the opening day.
Individually, Oglethorpe University's Sarah Hsu, Spring Hill College's Claire Landry and Centre College's Rylee Suttor lead the way with even-par 72s. Oglethorpe sits at 16-over as a squad to pace the field, as both Milligan College and Berry College are tied for second with matching 305 scores on the women's side of competition.
In the men's tournament, Maryville's Jacob Dunlap ranks tied for 14th individually on the Stonebridge Golf Club course. He carded a one-over 73, as he birdied both the par-four second and the par-five 17th. Jake Duncan ranks tied for 27th with a three-over 75. The freshman posted a trio of birdies – all on the back nine – as he scored a one-under 35 through the final nine holes.
Brady Orr matched Duncan's score with a three-over 75, as he posted a pair of birdies on the front nine. He is also tied for 27th, while Garrett Compliment is tied for 33rd with a four-over 76.
As a squad, the Scots posted an 11-over 299 score. That was good enough for fourth place as a team, as LaGrange College leads the way with a three-under 285.
Walters State Community College is second with a four-over 292, while Texas Lutheran is fourth just two shots ahead of the Scots.
Walters State's Andrew Linkous holds sole possession of the lead by three shots. He carded a five-under 67 in the opening round, while Emory University's Michael Rosenbloom sits at second with a two-under 70.
Six golfers are tied for third place with one-under scores, including a trio of LaGrange Panthers in Ben Womack, Cameron Starr and Sam Rogers.
Both the men's and women's squads will compete in the second round of competition tomorrow on their respective Rome, Ga. courses.