LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Garrett Daniel posted a one-under 71 for a share of the first-round lead and Cumberland men’s golf leads by three strokes after 18 holes of the Mid-South Conference Championships on Monday at Bowling Green Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky.
Daniel recorded seven birdies to lead the field in the opening round and stands tied with Lindsey Wilson’s Callum Blinkhorn for first place after 18 holes, two shots in front of Campbellsville University’s Austin Mahoney.
The Linden, Tenn., native birdied holes three, six and seven but made bogey on the final two holes on the front nine. He netted four more bogeys on the back side, including on the final hole, but added two bogeys and a double for his round of one-under 71, his best round of the spring semester by five strokes and tied for his first round of the academic year.
Freshman Adrian Steeger collected a two-over par 74 for fourth place after the first round. The Marnau am Staffelsee, Germany, native registered six birdies for the day. He made three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine before struggling on the back, tallying three bogeys, a birdie and a double. He stood four-over heading to the 17th tee but netted birdies on the final two holes for his two-over score.
Junior Josh Wiseman is tied for fifth after the opening round, shooting a three-over par 75. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native posted six pars with a birdie but also two double bogeys on the front side. He managed six more pars with two bogeys and one of just two eagles on the day on the back nine. Wiseman’s 12 pars in the round tied for the second most among the 37 players in the field.
Sophomore Bryson Smith carded a first-round 80 playing as an individual for the Phoenix. The Lafayette, Tenn., native collected six pars and three bogeys on the front side but recorded only two pars on the back, registering two birdies, three bogeys and two doubles. He stands tied for 24th.
Freshman Nick Henderson posted only four pars in his round, finishing with an 81 on Monday. The Cedar Hill, Tenn., native tallied the four pars on the front nine along with three bogeys, a double and a birdie. The scorecard was even more up-and-down on the back nine with three birdies, four bogeys and two doubles.
Sophomore Reece Gaddes also carded an opening-round 81 but didn’t ride the roller coaster for the entire round like Henderson. Gaddes recorded nine pars, six bogeys and a birdie on No. 14. He is tied for 28th along with Henderson and Francesco Guarneri from the University of the Cumberlands.
Cumberland leads Campbellsville by three strokes and is seven in front of Lindsey Wilson heading into Tuesday’s second round.
t1. Garrett Daniel – 71
4. Adrian Steeger – 74
t5. Josh Wiseman – 75
t24. Bryson Smith – 80*
t28. Nick Henderson – 81
t28. Reece Gaddes – 81
1. Cumberland University – 301
2. Campbellsville University – 304
3. Lindsey Wilson – 308
4. University of the Cumberlands – 309
5. Georgetown College – 310
6. Shawnee State – 317
7. University of Pikeville – 329