Golf: Panthers tied for seventh after first round at NCAA championships

Golf: Panthers tied for seventh after first round at NCAA championships

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The LaGrange golf team got off to a good start at the NCAA Division III Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Resort & Club. The Panthers tied for seventh after Tuesday's first round, with a team round of 299 on the Los Colinas course.

Tournament host and third-ranked Oglethorpe leads the tournament with a 285 total. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Christopher Newport are tied for second at 289; followed by top-ranked Methodist (291) and Redlands (295).

Defending national champion Greensboro (296) is sixth. The Panthers are tied with seventh-ranked Illinois Wesleyan. Texas-Tyler (300) and Guilford (300) round out the top 10.

Freshman Cory Howard is tied for sixth after a first round 1-under par 71. Anthony Maccaglia of Oglethorpe and Brad Shigezawa of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps lead after rounds of 4-under par 68. Howard had only one bogey on his round. He birdied two of the four par 5 holes.

Senior Hudson Keener followed Howard with a 2-over par 74. Keener was three over through 12 holes, but used two birdies in the final six holes to get a stroke back. He is tied for 30th in the individual standings.

Hunter Keener was one stroke back of his brother with a 3-over 75. Keener's round was highlighted by an eagle 3 on the par 5 fifth hole.

Victor Choi (79) and Freddie Wolford (81) rounded out the Panthers' scoring. Choi had a team-best three birdies on his round. Wolford started his round with a birdie and had another on the par 4 17th hole.

The Panthers will be playing the second round on the El Campeon course. Texas-Tyler's team score of 300 was the best round on the course during the first round.