Scots, Whitten tie school records in opening round of Tom Kinder Memorial

Scots, Whitten tie school records in opening round of Tom Kinder Memorial

The Maryville College Scots men's golf program tied a school record with a five over par 293 and are in second place after the first round of the Bridgewater College Tom Kinder Invitational in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Monday morning.

Because of a poor weather forecast, tournament directors decided to play the second round on Monday afternoon.

The Scots' Doug Whitten finished the initial round in fifth place with a three-under-par 69. Tyler Bray posted an even par 72 for an eighth place following his first collegiate round. Garrett Compliment and Hunter DeSena each tallied a 76 for a 30th place finish among 90 golfers. D.J. Shelton was the final MC scorer with an 80 on his first round. Wil Manuel is competing as an individual and posted an 80 on his first attempt at the 6,769-yard course at Lakeview Golf Club.

Numerous school records since Head Golf Coach Ron Waters established the program in 2010 were tied or eclipsed in the first round.

Doug Whitten's 69 tied the fifth-lowest score and round by any Fighting Scot in a tournament. His effort tied the lowest round by an MC linkster at the Tom Kinder Memorial with his own past effort and Nik Kalolo on September 12, 2015.

Coach Waters' program tied the lowest round in school history and the program's lowest round at the Tom Kinder Memorial set back on September 12, 2015.

Guilford College paced the first round with a 12-under par, 276-team score with Quaker Josh Hill pacing the individuals with a first round 67. Teammate Zach Evans is in second place with a 68.

Results for the remainder of the tournament will be posted Monday evening.

Following this tournament, Maryville will prepare for the 2017 Rhodes College Fall Classic on September 17-18 at the Tunica National Golf Course in Tunica, Mississippi.