SALEM, Ore. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort men's golf team posted a team score of 312 on a long, soggy day at Creekside Golf Club and sits in a tie for 11th place after the opening round of the NAIA Men's Golf National Championships.
The Sand Sharks are 16 shots behind Victoria (B.C.), which holds a one-shot lead over Oklahoma City and defending champion Oklahoma Christian. William Woods and Johnson & Wales are two shots behind.
Play was suspended for a period in the afternoon because of standing water on the greens and in the bunkers on several holes, but the Sand Sharks were among the first teams to tee off.
Starting on the 10th hole, USCB struggled on its first nine but rebounded with a strong second nine. Senior Mark Phillips led the way, shooting 1-under on his second nine to finish at 2-over-par 74. He is tied for 12th and four shots off the lead.
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Sophomore Coley Davis also had a strong second side to post 5-over 77 and is tied for 53rd. Sophomore Brian Langley is tied for 84th after an 80, and seniors Luke McClellan and Jack Bingham are tied for 97th with 81s.
The Sand Sharks will be in the afternoon wave for today's second round. Their tee times begin at 12:40 p.m. Pacific time.