The Wilmington University golf team posted a 309 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Region Tournament, sitting in a three-way tie for second place on Monday at the Longaberger Golf Club.
The Wildcats trail the leader by three strokes, as Indiana (Pa.) leads the field of 20 teams with a 306 (+18). The Wildcats are tied for second with Charleston and St. Thomas Aquinas, all finishing with a 309 (+21) on Monday.
Starting on the back nine on Monday, the Wildcats' top-four scorers were five-over par. As a whole, the team seemed to struggle on the ninth-hole, the final hole of the round. Andreas Lunding and Jordan Lamb shot a par on the par-three, but Sam Clark bogeyed, Joey Russo was four-over par, and Freddy Braun was five-over, closing out the round on a sour note.
Lunding paced the Wildcats with a 72 even-par score, birdieing holes 10, 16, 1, and 4. He bogeyed the eighth hole and hit a par on the ninth, finishing the day in second place, two strokes off the lead.
Clark was right behind Lunding, finishing with a 73 (+1), hitting an even 36 on the front-nine. Clark birdied holes 16, 5, and 6, bogeying the ninth hole to finish the day with a 73. Clark is tied for third after the first round, three strokes off the lead.
Russo made the turn with a 40 (+4) after starting the afternoon off with a birdie on 10. After the turn, he made a par on the first six holes before birdieing the seventh hole. After making another par on 8, Russo shot a seven to close out the day with a 79 (+7). He is in a tie for 29th after the first round.
Braun was even par after the first nine holes, birdieing the first hole of the day and the 16th hole, making the turn with a 36. The day turned for the worse after the turn, as he posted a 49 (+13) to finish with an 85 )+13) and in a tie for 77th overall.
Lamb made nine pars on the day, making the turn at 45 (+9) before posting a 40 (+4) after the turn to finish in a tie for 77th with an 85 (+13) for the round.
Lunding and the rest of the Wildcats are chasing IUP's Kenneth Sames as he is atop the leaderboard with a 70 (-2). He is the only golfer to post a score under par on Monday, while Lunding was the only golfer to post an even-par score. The rest of the field finished over-par.
The Super Regional is three rounds at Longaberger Golf Club with the top four teams advancing to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The Wildcats continue their tournament on Tuesday by teeing off on the first hole starting at 12 p.m.