Silvis, Ill. – The College of Coastal Georgia men's golf team struggled Tuesday in the first round of the NAIA Men's Golf National Championships as the Mariners carded a 316 team score that left them in 21st place following the first day of play.
Competing on the par-71 TPC at Deere Run, the Mariners were led by Paxton Shuman who posted a 4-over-par 75 over the first 18 which left him in a tie for 35th in the individual standings.
Cardinal Stritch University shot a 289 score to take the overnight lead. Dalton State, which won the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament over the second-place Mariners, is 10th overall after posting a 303 in round one.
The tournament features 29 teams and 155 players. Only six players managed to break par in the opening round.
Rowan Lester from Texas Wesleyan and Davis Houlding from William Woods both shot 69 to grab a share of the first-round lead.
The 72-hole tournament resumes on Tuesday with the second round.