LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Ian Whittemore and sophomore Garrett Daniel each posted a pair of birdies but Garrett and senior Zach Johnson both finished at nine-over par 80 and Whittemore shot 81, leading Cumberland on a windy Tuesday in the opening round of the 66th Annual NAIA Men’s Golf Championships at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
Cumberland tees off at 7:50 a.m. in the second round of action on Wednesday, hoping for better conditions than Tuesday’s afternoon tee time that saw high winds on an already tough course.
Johnson started his round with a bogey and a double bogey, but the Tampa, Fla., native posted 11 pars over the next 13 holes. Unfortunately he ended the round with three straight bogeys for his nine-over 80, tied for 96th in the field of 155 players.
Daniel’s front nine looked like a kids coloring book with three bogeys (green), three doubles (blue), one birdie (red) and two pars (white). The Linden, Tenn., native shot eight-over on the front but settled down with six consecutive pars on the back nine before finishing bogey-birdie-bogey.
Whittemore netted six bogeys in the first eight holes but added a birdie and a par on holes four and five. The Lafayette, Tenn., native collected four pars and a birdie on the back for a first-round 81, tied for 109th.
Senior Zach Kean and junior Zach Polston struggled on Tuesday, shooting 88 and 89, respectively.
Kean’s front nine looked almost identical to Daniel’s with three bogeys, three doubles, two pars and a birdie. Unfortunately the Orlinda, Tenn., native registered seven bogeys and a double on the back nine before ending with a par.
Polston recorded six pars in the first 10 holes, but the Lafayette, Tenn., native posted two triples bogeys along with a bogey and a double. He had just one more par in the last eight holes.
As a team Cumberland stands 26th among 29 schools with a first-round score of 325, 16 shots from the Top 16 needed to make the cut for the final round on Friday.
t96. Garrett Daniel – 80
t96. Zach Johnson – 80
t109. Ian Whittemore – 81
t145. Zach Kean – 88
t150. Zach Polston – 89
1. Cardinal Stritch – 289
2. Johnson & Wales – 293
t3. Wayland Baptist – 295
t3. University of British Columbia – 295
5. Grand View – 296
t6. William Woods – 297
t6. Arizona Christian – 297
t8. Keiser University – 302
t8. Southeastern University – 302
10. Dalton State College – 303
t11. The Master’s University – 305
t11. Madonna University – 305
t13. Our Lady of the Lake – 306
t13. Oklahoma City University – 306
t13. Texas Wesleyan – 306
t16. USC Beaufort – 309
t16. St. Ambrose University – 309
t18. Taylor University – 310
t18. William Jessup – 310
20. Northwestern College – 312
21. Coastal Georgia – 316
22. Point University – 317
23. Oklahoma Wesleyan – 320
24. Lewis-Clark State – 321
25. Bellevue University – 325
26. Cumberland University – 329
27. Northwest Christian – 334
28. Embry-Riddle [AZ] – 337
29. Point Park University – 340