Scots ranked tied for 2nd after 22 first-round birdies

Scots ranked tied for 2nd after 22 first-round birdies

Maryville College finished the first round of the Royal Lakes Fall Invitational on Monday just one shot off the lead, as the Scots recorded 22 birdies as a squad on the day.

MC posted a four-over par 292 on the 6,838-yard Royal Lakes Golf Course. The score is just one shot behind Babson College's 291.

That score is the second-lowest round Maryville has ever posted at the Royal Lakes Fall Invitational, as only last season's two-over 290 ranks better.

"It was a great effort, and everybody contributed," Head Golf Coach Ron Waters said. "It's a really good day for us, and I'm proud of them. We'll have to see what we're made of tomorrow."

The highest MC has ever finished the Flowery Branch, Ga. tournament is a tie for seventh last year.

Maryville was led by their 22-birdie effort, as Hunter DeSena had eight total birdies on the day. Tyler Bray and Wil Manuel added five each.

"Hunter DeSena played a very unusual round with eight birdies, a quadruple bogey and a double bogey," Waters said. "He had some really great stretches of golf. He got off to a great start early, and then he came back after some disappointment in the middle and birdied the last three to shoot even par. Tyler Bray birdied the last hole to get to even, and Wil Manuel made four back-nine birdies. Obviously, there were a lot of opportunities out there, and we took advantage of them."

Bray and DeSena finished the opening round with matching even-par 72s for a ninth-place individual tie. Manuel posted a one-over 73 and is tied for 15th, while Garrett Compliment tallied a three-over 75 for a 36th-place tie. Andy Cofer shot a four-over 76 on the day.

Individually, Oglethorpe's Jacob Arnett has the lead with a five-under 67, as Tyler Newton of Your College (Pa.) ranks second with a three-under 69.

Five different individuals rank tied for third with two-under 70 scores.

"There are a few holes that we need to play better tomorrow," Waters said. "The 14th-hole, par three, we played it a total of five-over par. That's got to be better tomorrow, but overall, it was just a good solid day."

Maryville tied Hampden-Sydney College for second overall, as Birmingham-Southern College, California Lutheran, Greensboro College and York College (Pa.) are all knotted at fourth with 10-over 298s.

"It's a great opportunity for us," Waters said. "We're going to play in the final group tomorrow, which in a big event like this, is a first for us. I think we're ready for that. I know we outplayed at lot of Top 20 teams today. That's important, but it's kind of like halftime. Unless you play in the second half, it doesn't really matter. I think they know how good they can be, and I think they are motivated to have a really good day tomorrow."

MC will play the second round tomorrow in Flowery Branch, Ga. in hopes of continuing their first-round success. Follow live stats of the second round HERE.