USC Beaufort

USCB men 13 shots back after first day of NAIA tournament

A few stumbles at the end of the round caused the USC Beaufort men's golf team to drop a few shots, but the Sand Sharks stayed in contention after the first day of the NAIA National Championship, which was shortened because of thunderstorms Tuesday at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Second-ranked USCB posted a team score of 294 and is 13 shots behind clubhouse leader Oklahoma Christian.

The Sand Sharks were one of 18 teams to finish their round; 11 teams were left on the course when play was suspended. The first round will resume at 6 a.m. Central time, weather permitting, with the second round to follow.

Among the teams that finished, USCB is tied for fourth.

"The guys hit it well; there were some issues with putting," director of golf Shane LeBaron said. "We really had things going pretty good, but coming down the stretch the last three holes, we kind of had some things slip away."

Chris Lane II and George Thacker led USCB with rounds of 1-over-par 72, followed by Jon Pannone with a 73. Luke McClellan shot 77, and Jack Bingham rounded out the lineup with a 79.

Play was suspended for the day shortly after 7 p.m. Central time because of thunderstorms. LeBaron said the storms were expected to continue through the night, perhaps bringing difficult conditions for the teams that have to finish their first round and play their second round early today.

"We're in a good position and looking forward to teeing it up tomorrow," LeBaron said. "It's a solid start to the marathon, so we just have to keep going."

NAIA Men's Golf National Championship

First round

Tuesday, at TPC at Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.; Par: 71; Yardage: 6,983

Team scores

Oklahoma Christian 281

Lee 292

Malone 293

Grand View 294

USC Beaufort 294

Cumberlands 295

Master's College 295

Johnson & Wales 297

Oklahoma City 297

Point Loma Nazarene 300

Our Lady of the Lake 302

William Carey 307

Southwestern 308

Shorter 309

Tennessee Wesleyan 309

St. Francis (Ill.) 311

Union (Tenn.) 311

Cornerstone 315

Did not finish

Lewis-Clark St.

British Columbia

Southern Nazarene

Texas Wesleyan

Lindenwood

St. Ambrose

Sioux Falls

McKendree

Brescia

Huntington

St. Thomas

Individual leaders

Oscar Stark, OklaChr 67

James Marchesani, OKC 68

Curtis Mitchell, Cumb. 68

Vilhelm Bogstrand, OklaChr 70

Rick Fee, GV 70

Tyler Light, Malone 70

Jeremy Lawson, Lee 71

John Lawson, Master's 71

Axel Ochoa, OklaChr 71

Jack Shores, OLL 71

Nick Soglanich, J&W 71

USCB scores

T13. Chris Lane 72

T13. George Thacker 72

T19. Jon Pannone 73

T79. Luke McClellan 77

T103. Jack Bingham 79

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