The USC Beaufort men's golf team posted two solid rounds and is in fourth place on a crowded leaderboard after the first day of the Sand Shark Classic at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie.
USCB posted rounds of 296 and 297, leaving the Sand Sharks some work to do in Tuesday's final round if they want to win their own tournament for the third straight year. The Sand Sharks are 12 shots behind third-ranked Coastal Georgia (581), which has a five-shot cushion over Johnson & Wales and is eight shots clear of Southeastern.
Matt Morin of Johnson & Wales and Kyle Martin of Southeastern are tied for the individual lead at 1-under-par 141. USCB freshman Alan Cooke (71-75--146) and junior teammate Chandler Vilcheck (70-76--146) are tied for eighth, while senior Brian Langley (75-76--151) and junior Chandler McDonald (81-70--151) are tied for 17th. Sophomore Brad Curren (80-76--156) rounded out the lineup in a tie for 32nd.
USCB's "B" team is in sixth place at 613.
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The final round is scheduled for a 9 a.m. shotgun start Tuesday.
WOMEN BACK IN PACK AT HILTON HEAD LAKES
The USCB women's team is around the middle of the pack after the first round of the 18-team Hilton Head Lakes Invitational played Monday in Hardeeville.
The Sand Sharks, the only NAIA team in a field of primarily NCAA Division II schools, posted a team score of 342 in the first round and are in 11th place, but they're only nine shots behind sixth-place Coker.
Limestone and Montevallo are tied for the lead after carding team scores of 317, and Wingate is one shot back. King is fourth at 327 followed by North Greenville at 328.
Junior Tori DeGroodt and senior Kendra Collins (Bluffton) led USCB with rounds of 84, putting them in a tie for 30th. Sophomore Lina Sekerkova is tied for 46th at 86, while sophomore Hayley Miller is tied for 54th at 88 and junior Samantha O'Donnell (Hilton Head Island High) is tied for 65th at 90.
North Greenville's AnnaLeis Dibert shot 75 to take the overall lead by one shot over King's Elizabeth Swallow.
The final round is slated for a 10 a.m. shotgun start Tuesday.
Limestone 317, Montevallo 317, Wingate 318, King 327, North Greenville 328, Coker 333, Anderson 336, Mount Olive 337, Erskine 338, Lincoln Memorial 340, USCB 342, Queens 344, Barton 344, Converse 346, Catawba 352, Pfeiffer 356, Belmont Abbey 357, Lenoir-Rhyne 365