Steeger paces men's golf with 76, Walker and Smith shoot 77 in Opening Round
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Steeger paces men's golf with 76, Walker and Smith shoot 77 in Opening Round
Adrian Steeger shots an opening Round 76 at TPC Deere Run. (Credit: Jordan Alves)

SILVIS, Ill. – Sophomore Adrian Steeger shot five-over-par 76 while Bryson Smith and Isaac Walker each carded a 77 for Cumberland men’s golf in the first round of the 69th Annual NAIA Men’s Golf Championships on Tuesday at TPC Deere Run in Silvas, Ill. 

After the first round, Point University leads the tournament with a 290 followed by Keiser University at 292 and Taylor University at 295. The Phoenix are tied for 24th with a 312 and have to reach the Top-17 to make the cut after the second round tomorrow.

Steeger paced the Phoenix with a 76. The sophomore posted bogeys on No. 1, No. 3, No. 6, No. 7, and No. 9 on the front nine before picking up two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine. Steeger is tied for 50th in the tournament. 

Smith recorded a first-round 77 that included eight pars in the first 13 holes of the day. The Lafayette, Tenn., native collected six pars with two bogeys and a double-bogey on the front nine. He made a birdie on No. 10 before going bogey, par, par, through the next three holes. Smith carded a birdie on 14 before back-to-back bogeys on No. 15 and 16. Smith rebounded with a birdie on No. 17, but finished with a double bogey on No. 18 to close the round. 

Walker started with a bogey, par, birdie, and a double-bogey finishing the front nine five-over-par but played much better on the back nine. The freshman started No. 10 and 11 with pars before posting a bogey on No. 12. The Smithville, Tenn., native posted four straight pars before a birdie on No. 17, but bogeyed 18 to finish his first-round tied for 62nd with Smith.

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.

Tomi Acotto opened with an 82, starting with a par and the first hole. Acotto bogeyed No. 2 before collecting a birdie on No. 4 to get back to even. The Tucum, Argentona, native went bogey-double bogey on No. 5 and 6 before three straight pars to close the first nine at three-over. He picked up a triple bogey on No. 10 and a double bogey on No. 15 with three other bogeys to shoot eight-over on the back for an 11-over par round.

Reece Gaddes had a rough start to the tournament with the triple bogeys on the first five holes. Gaddes carded two birdies on the front to shoot a 45 on the front nine before posting six bogeys, one birdie, and one triple bogey on the back for an 18-over par, 89. 

Cumberland will tee off on No. 10 tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow with Truett-McConnel and Roosevelt.


t50. Adrian Steeger - 76
t62. Isaac Walker - 77
t62. Bryson Smith - 77
t127. Tomi Acotto - 82
t152. Reece Gaddes - 89
1. Point University - 290
2. Keiser University - 292
3. Taylor University - 295
t4. Southwestern Christian - 297
t4. Texas Wesleyan - 297
6. Bellevue Univ. - 298 
7. Embry-Riddle (AZ) - 299
8. Dalton State - 302
t9. Oklahoma City - 303
t9. Coastal Georgia - 303
11. Reinhardt Univ. 304
t12. Kansas Wesleyan - 305
t12. Grand View Univ. - 305
14. Lindsey Wilson - 306
15. Houston-Victoria - 307
t16. Campbellsville Univ. - 308
t16. William Carey Univ. - 308
t16. St. Ambrose Univ. - 308
19. Ottawa Univ. - 309
t20. Southeastern Univ. - 311
t20. Wayland Baptist - 311
t20. Truett-McConnell - 311
t20. Wayland Baptist - 311
t24. Cumberland Univ. - 312
t24. William Woods - 312
26. Midway University - 313
27. Morningside College - 314
28. South Carolina-Beaufort - 315
29. Lawrence Tech - 321
30. Roosevelt University - 327