Daniel cards opening-round 69 at NAIA Championships
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Daniel cards opening-round 69 at NAIA Championships
Junior Garrett Daniel posted six birdies en route to a two-under par 69 in the first round Tuesday at the NAIA Championships. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Junior Garrett Daniel posted six birdies in his round of two-under par 69 but Cumberland struggled as a team, tying for 22nd after the first round of the 67th Annual NAIA Men’s Golf Championships on Tuesday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

The Phoenix tee off from No. 10 in their second round at 7:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

Daniel tied for second in the field of 155 players with the six birdies, including four over his final six holes to close the round. The Linden, Tenn., native was one-under on the front nine with a pair of birdies and one bogey, but a double bogey at No. 11 followed by a bogey at No. 12 put him at two-over. He finished with a flurry, netting birdies at Nos. 13, 15, 17 and 18, tying for sixth after the first 18 holes.

Redshirt sophomore Josh Wiseman opened the tournament with a five-over par 76, posting five pars and four bogeys on the front nine. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native collected four pars and a birdie to start the back nine but finished with three bogeys and a birdie on the final four holes. He is tied for 90th with 10 other players, just four strokes from the Top 30.

Senior Austin Williams carded a seven-over par 78 on Tuesday, including three double bogeys that sidetracked his round. The Lafayette, Tenn., native doubled Nos. 4, 11 and 17, with the last one interrupting a stretch of six pars to finish the day. He posted birdies on No. 6 and No. 10 and is tied for 114th individually.

Freshman Reece Gaddes recorded a double at the second and then five consecutive bogeys, shooting seven-over 42 on the front nine. The Lebanon native registered five pars as well as a birdie at No. 14 on the back side, finishing with an 81, tied for 135th.

Senior Zach Polston netted five pars on the front nine but also a double at No. 2 and three bogeys for five-over 40. The Lafayette, Tenn., native collected six pars with a bogey and a double on the first eight holes on the back nine but ended the round with a nine on the par-4 18th, posting an 84 in the first round.

Cumberland shot 304 as a team on Tuesday, tied for 22nd with Bethany College but just six strokes from the cutline of the Top 17.

t6. Garrett Daniel – 69
t90. Josh Wiseman – 76
t114. Austin Williams – 78
t135. Reece Gaddes – 81
t147. Zach Polston – 84

1. Keiser University – 279
t2. Coastal Georgia – 280
t2. Taylor University – 280
4. Dalton State College – 284
5. Wayland Baptist – 288
t6. Texas Wesleyan – 289
t6. William Woods – 289
t6. Victoria University – 289
9. Oklahoma City – 290
t10. Johnson & Wales – 291
t10. Northwestern Ohio 291
t12. Point University – 295
t12. Holy Cross University – 295
t12. St. Ambrose University – 295
15. Univ. of Jamestown 297
t16. Cardinal Stritch – 298
t16. South Carolina Beaufort – 298
t18. Northwestern College – 299
t18. William Penn University – 299
20. British Columbia – 301
21. Rocky Mountain College – 302
t22. Bethany College [KS] – 304
t22. Cumberland University – 304
24. Our Lady of the Lake – 305
25. Brescia University – 308
26. Southeastern University – 311
27. Oregon Tech – 313
28. Marymount College – 323
29. Asbury University – 324