OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – Sophomore Reece Gaddes posted a one-under par 70 and freshman Nick Henderson shot ever-par 71 for Cumberland men’s golf, which leads by two strokes after the first round of the Phoenix Invitational on Monday here at Old Hickory Country Club.
Cumberland shot 289 as a team, two shots ahead of Martin Methodist and four in front of Union University heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Gaddes posted two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and registered birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey on holes 12-15 before another birdie at No. 17 for a one-under par 70. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native registered 10 pars and his five birdies in the round tied for the most on Monday. He stands tied for third, one stroke behind the leaders, Lindsey Wilson’s Callum Pilgrim and Union’s Jordan Botwinick.
Henderson started his round with a birdie at No. 2 and collected six pars on the front nine, but he bogeyed No. 7 and made a double bogey on the ninth. The Cedar Hill, Tenn., native tallied a bogey on 11 as well but then birdied holes 12 and 14, both par-5’s, as well as No. 16, finishing at even-par 71, tied for sixth. His 11 pars on Monday were tied for the third most in the field.
Freshman Adrian Steeger’s front nine looked very similar to Gaddes with two birdies and two bogeys along with five pars. The Marnau am Staffelsee, Germany, native added a birdie on No. 14 but a double on the 17th cost him a chance at even-par, finishing at one-over 72. He finished with 12 pars, tied for second most in the round, and stands 10th individually.
Senior Garrett Daniel got off to a rocky start with a double bogey on No. 1 and bogeys on three and six. The Linden, Tenn., native played the final 12 holes in one-over with a double on No. 11 and his only birdie of the round at the 14th, shooting five-over 76. He tied for the lead among all players with 13 pars and is tied for 25th.
Junior Jacob Nolen posted six pars and one bogey on his first seven holes but ended the front nine with a double and a bogey. The Hendersonville, Tenn., native had a triple bogey and six pars on the first seven holes on the back side but finished with two straight bogeys, carding an opening-round 80, tied for 43rd.
Freshman Garrett Hughes carded an opening-round 79 that included 11 pars, though he made two bogeys in his first three holes, starting at No. 1 in the afternoon. The Lebanon, Tenn, native also bogeyed Nos. 7 and 9 and added six pars on the back nine, tying for 39th.
Senior Dominic Patton collected three birdies on Monday while shooting a first-round 80 that could have been better if not for four straight bogeys to end the day. The Chippenham, England, native shot four-over on the first five holes and was seven-over at the turn but recorded birdies at Nos. 10, 11 and 14 before the four consecutive bogeys to finish.
Junior Josh Wiseman netted a first-round 81, starting the day with double-bogey-bogey before shooting even-par over the next eight holes. He made a triple bogey at No. 12 but ended the day with a birdie at No. 18.
Sophomore Bryson Smith carded a pair of double bogeys to begin the round but played the next 10 holes in one-over. The Lafayette, Tenn., native ended the day with five bogeys over the last six holes, though, posting an 81 as well.
t3. Reece Gaddes – 70
t6. Nick Henderson – 71
10. Adrian Steeger – 72
t25. Garrett Daniel – 76
t39. Garrett Hughes – 79
t43. Jacob Nolen – 80
t43. Dominic Patton – 80
t52. Josh Wiseman – 81
t52. Bryson Smith – 81
1.Cumberland University – 289
2. Martin Methodist – 291
3. Union University – 293
4. Campbellsville – 297
5. Lindsey Wilson – 298
6. William Carey – 300
7. Freed-Hardeman – 302
8. Tennessee Wesleyan – 304
9. Covenant College – 314
10. Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods – 315
11. Midway University – 317
12. Cumberland University ‘B’ – 321
13. Cleveland State CC – 323