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Men's Golf - Tue, May 16, 2017

SILVIS, Ill.. – The 18th hole pretty much summed up the frustration for the Lewis-Clark State College men's golf team after the first round of the 66th annual NAIA Men's Golf National Championships Tuesday at the TPC Deere Run Golf Course.

Playing in high winds and temperatures in the mid 80s, the five Warriors playing in the tournament combined to go 8-over on the par-4, 428-yard closing hole during late afternoon play.

 

The up-and-down day saw the Warriors post a team score of 321, 27 shots over par, which left the club 24th out of the 29 teams competing. Only the top four individual scores are used for the team score each day.
 
"The entire field had to deal with high winds today," LCSC coach Drew Reinland said. "We really struggled to avoid high numbers on the card today. Collectively, we missed in the wrong spots and couldn't capitalize on the greens."
 
Chris Lien, the Frontier Conference Golfer of the Year, led LCSC with a 2-over-par 73, which ties him for 26th overall. Lien produced an eagle on the par-5 536-yard 17th hole and had two birdies in his round, but also seven bogeys.
 
Brandon Barnes and Hunter Weitze both shot 80s, while Shaun Harpin came in at 87 and Taylor Smith had an 88.  Barnes also had an eagle in his round when he chipped in on par the par-4 377-yard eighth hole. He had a birdie in his round as did Weitze.
 
Unfortunately, LCSC also had five triple bogeys on the day.
 
Cardinal Stritch University, from Milwaukee, Wisc., leads after the opening day with a 5-over-par team score of 289 while Johnson-Wales of Florida is second at 293.
 
The second 18 holes will be played Wednesday with LCSC in the morning tee times along with the others who played in the afternoon on Tuesday. The third round is set for Thursday before the field is cut for Friday's final 18 holes.
 
"I expect things to turn around (Wednesday)," Reinland said.
 
This is LCSC's 10th national tournament in the last 14 years.