Thomas, Garrett atop TranSouth Championships
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thomas, Garrett atop TranSouth Championships
Austin Garrett posted a one-under 70 and trails teammate Dustin Thomas by two shots after the first round of the TranSouth Championships on Thursday. (Credit Chuck Thompson)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland junior Dustin Thomas shot three-under par 68 to take the overall lead and freshman Austin Garrett carded a one-under 70, leading the Bulldogs in the opening round Thursday of the TranSouth Men’s Golf Championships at Blytheville Country Club in Blytheville, Ark. The Bulldogs posted a team score of 283 and lead Union University by 11 shots.

Thomas was just one shot from his career-best at CU and leads Garrett by two strokes and a host of four golfers, including Bulldog Paul Vaughan, by three shots. Garrett tied his career-best at Cumberland with the 70, while Vaughan posted a season-best with an even-par 71.

Junior Guy Nardo is tied for eighth after a three-over par 74, while sophomore Ryan Gammons struggled in the opening round with an eight-over 79.

Teams will play the second round later Thursday and the tournament concludes Friday with the final 18 holes.

Full results from the tournament may be found at http://www.transouth.org/article/1160.php.

TEAM SCORES
1. Cumberland Univ. 283 -1
2. Union Univ. 294 +10
3. Trevecca Nazarene 296 +12
t4. Blue Mountain 307 +23
t4. Martin Methodist 307 +23
6. Bethel Univ. 312 +28
7. Lyon College 325 +41

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
1. Dustin Thomas 68 -3
2. Austin Garrett 70 -1
t3. Paul Vaughn 71 E
t8. Guy Nardo 74 +3
23. Ryan Gammons 79 +8