FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. ---- The no.
2 ranked Huntingdon men’s golf team finished two strokes behind host Oglethorpe
in the first-round of the Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational at the Royal
Lakes Golf Course. Freshman Jamey Lester led the charge for the Hawks firing a
three-under par 68 on day one.
The Hawks finished the
opening round with a team total three-over par 287 behind only Oglethorpe, who
shot a team total one-over par 285. Methodist finished the day third with a
team total eight-over par 292, followed by LaGrange with a nine-over par 293.
Costal Georgia rounded out the day one top-five, after posting a team total
twelve-over par 296.
The story of the day was freshman
Jamey Lester’s three-under par 68, finishing his best collegiate round of golf
tied for 1st place. Chase Blaich finished the opening round tied for
6th place with an even par 71. Rodes Bowers shot a two-over par 73,
finishing tied for 17th place.
Rounding out the scoring for
Huntingdon on day one was J.P. Kircher and Cates Culpepper each carding a four-over
par 75, to finish tied for 27th place.
Head coach Matt Mahanic was
pleased with his team’s performance in the opening round, especially with
freshman Jamey Lester. “I’m proud of the way Jamey came out and played his best
collegiate performance so far in his young career,” said Mahanic.
Lester and the Hawks will
return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 19 for a shot at winning the tournament on
the final day of the Royal Lakes Invitational at Royal Lakes Country Club in
Flowery Branch, Ga.
Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores
1 Oglethorpe Univ. 285
Lester 35- 33 68
Blaich 36- 35 71
Bowers 37- 36 73
Kircher 38- 37 75
Culpepper 38- 37 75
3 Methodist University 292
4 LaGrange College 293
5 Coastal Georgia 296
6 California Lutheran 298
7 St. Olaf College 300
8 De Pauw University 301
9 Greensboro College 303
10 Emory University 305
11 Millsaps College 310
12 Birmingham Southern 311
Rhodes College 311
14 Covenant College 315
15 Maryville College TN 321
16 Piedmont College 323