Greensboro, N.C. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s golf team sits in sixth place with a team score of 303 (+15) after the opening round of the Tournament Town Championship Preview being held at the East Course of the Grandover Resort and Conference Center. Greensboro College leads the way after day one with a 295 (+7), while Transylvania sits in second with a 297 (+9), and Illinois Wesleyan is in third with a 298 (+10).
“I was pleased with the way we played, especially when you take into consideration the travel and the level of competition,” said Assistant Athletics Director Jared Phillips, who is traveling with the team this weekend. “We left some shots out there for sure, but we found a way to turn in a good score , which sets us up well for tomorrow. Against many of the top programs in the country, it was fun to watch the guys go out and battle.”
Leading Gustavus was Tyler McMorrow (Sr., St. Cloud, Minn.) and Lee Bystrom (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) who both cracked the top 10. Both McMorrow and Bystrom shot a two-over-par 73 to finish in 10th alongside seven other players.
Just two shots behind the team leaders was Andrew Oakes (Sr., Hermantown, Minn.) who fired a four-over 76 to come in 30th.
The top three after day one included Greg Pappas of Greensboro with a two-under-par 70, and Oliver Rudnicki of Whitworth and Kenny Wienckowski of Illinois Wesleyan with an even-par 70.
The Gustavus men’s golf team will conclude the Tournament Town Championship Preview tomorrow afternoon. The Gusties will begin teeing off at 8:45 tomorrow.
“It will be key to not give away shots,” commented Phillips. “The rough here is tricky and can be a fight itself to get out of. If we can play safe and avoid putting up crooked numbers, I think we’ll be just fine.”