Compliment finishes with one-under 71 in Rhodes' opening round

Compliment finishes with one-under 71 in Rhodes' opening round

Maryville College Men's Golf opened the 2018-19 season with a strong showing in the first round of the Rhodes College Fall Classic, as MC fought off rainy weather.

Garrett Compliment led the Scots, as the junior finished the round tied for 13th place.

Compliment tallied a trio of birdies rainy conditions on the afternoon, as he posted a one-under 71 in the opening round. Only a double-bogey ninth hindered the Scot on the day.

The Danville, Ind. native birdied the 405-yard, par-four first hole, before scoring his second birdie on the par-3 fourth from 200 yards out. He would find his third of the day on the 560-yard, par-five seventh to finish the round tied for 13th.

Hardin-Simmons University's Luke Smith led the way in the first round of the Rhodes Classic, however, as he tallied a 66. The six-under performance was followed by Wesley Heston of Berry College who finished the day with a five-under 67, while five other players recorded four-under 68s.

University of Texas at Tyler and Huntingdon College tied for the lead following the opening round in Tunica, Miss., as both schools posted matching five-under 283 scores. Rhodes College was fourth with a one-under 287, while LaGrange College finished the day with an even-par 288 for fourth place.

Maryville's Tyler Bray ranked tied for 18th, as the sophomore posted an even-par 72 through the first 18 holes. Bray bogeyed the 353-yard, par-four fifth, before bouncing back with a birdie on the 560-yard, par-five seventh. He finished the remainder of the holes with a perfect score.

Knoxville, Tenn. native Andy Cofer recorded his first collegiate birdie on Sunday afternoon. The freshman had a pair of birdies on the day, posting one on the par-four ninth from 415 yards and another on the par-three 12th from 172 yards out. Cofer finished the day tied for 50th with a three-over 75.

Wil Manuel finished tied for 88th, as he score a trio of birdies on the day. Manuel scored a nine-over 81, while Hunter DeSena matched him. DeSena also posted three birdies on the afternoon.

Round two of the tournament is already underway on the 7,111-yard Tunica National course.