The USC Beaufort men's golf team is in the hunt for a title at the midway point of its first tournament of the fall season.
The Sand Sharks carded a team score of 296 on Sea Island Golf Club's Retreat Course on Monday, leaving them nine shots behind the host Mariners after the first round of the Coastal Georgia Fall Invitational in St. Simon's Island, Ga. USCB is seven shots behind second-place Warner and three back of third-place Thomas.
Sophomore Alan Cooke and senior Chris Finke carded rounds of even-par 72 and are in a tie for eighth, four shots off the pace set by Thomas' Stone Cowie. Junior Brad Curren shot 74 and is tied for 14th, while senior Chandler Vilcheck (78) is tied for 39th and senior Chandler McDonald (79) is tied for 43rd.
The final round begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Tuesday.
Team scores: Coastal Georgia 287, Warner 289, Thomas 293, USCB 296, Eckerd 298, Mobile 304, Reinhardt 305, Dalton State 305, Lindsey Wilson 308, Martin Methodist 309, Georgia Northwestern 321, St. Andrews "B" 331, St. Andrews 335, Brewton-Parker 342.
USCB results: T8. Alan Cooke 72, T8. Chris Finke 72, T14. Brad Curren 74, T39. Chandler Vilcheck 78, T43. Chandler McDonald 79.