Alex Springer fired a two-under par 68 to lead the Mules on day one of the NCAA Golf Championships at the Reunion Resort’s Watson Course. The Mules finished day one at nine-over par with a team total of 289 and are tied for 10th place in the team standings. The top eight teams after 54 holes will qualify for the match play portion of the championships which begin on Thursday.
Springer is currently tied for eighth after his opening-round 68. He birdied three of the first four holes and had five birdies and one bogey on the front nine to make the turn at four-under. He parred the first four holes on the back nine before bogeying 14 and 15 to fall back to two-under. He got back to three-under with a birdie on the par five 17th, but a bogey on 18 left him at two-over for the day, three shots back of the lead of five-under set by John Coultas of Florida Southern.
Brett Windsor finished the day at two-over par and is tied for 34th. He carded four bogeys on the front nine, but birdies 10 then reeled off six straight pars before an eagle three on the par five 17th brought him to one-over. He bogeyed 18 to finish his round with a 72. Cole Dillon rebounded from a bogey, triple bogey start to record two birdies, two bogeys and 12 pars over the final 16 holes to finish with a four-over par 74. He currently sits tied for 57th.
Shayne Allan and Travis Simmons both carded a 75 in the opening round to sit at five-over par and tied for 68th place. Allan had two bogeys and a double on the front nine and had two more bogeys with a birdie on the back nine. Simmons got off to a rocky start with a triple bogey on the first hole, but carded two birdies and two bogeys in the final eight holes on the front to sit at three-over, he had three bogeys and five pars before a birdie on 18 gave him a 75.
Barry is the team leader after the first round with a team total of six-under par, 274.
The Mules will tee off in the second round on Tuesday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. on the back nine.