Nicholasville, Ky. – The No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan University Titans hold a one-stroke lead over second-place Concordia University Texas after the first round of play at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships at Keene Trace Golf Club on Tuesday.
The Titans turned in a one-under-par 287 team score at the Keene Run Golf Course to lead the 42-team field in Tuesday's opening round. Illinois Wesleyan was led by Drew Pershing, who fired a two-under-par 70 in the first round; Pershing's opening 18 holes were highlighted by a string of four birdies in seven holes along the back nine. Pershing currently stands in a four-way tie for second place on the team leaderboard.
Sam Goldenring of Williams College carries a one-stroke lead over Pershing, Huntingdon College's Drew Mathers, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Colleges Mason Chiu, and Concordia University Texas's Phillip Schmitz to top the individual leaderboard at the 2019 championships.
Goldenring, one of six players at the 2019 NCAA National Championships competing individually, shot a three-under-par 69 to pace the field of 216 individuals. Goldenring made birdie on holes two, 10, and 14 and made par on the other 15 to set the bar in Tuesday's first round.
No. 25 Trinity College (Conn.) turned in a two-over-par 290 to trail Concordia and Illinois Wesleyan in third place. No. 17 Oglethorpe University and No. 4 Wittenberg University each carded seven-over-par team scores of 295 to round out the top five. All five teams in the top-five competed Tuesday at the 6,897-yard Keene Run course and will flip over to the Champion Trace course for Wednesday's second round.
No. 6 Guilford College, the 2018 NCAA National Championship host school, stands in sixth place after recording an eight-over-par 296. The Quakers recorded the lowest team score of any of the 21 teams competing at the 7,190-yard Champion Trace course. Those 21 teams will switch over to the Keene Run course for their Wednesday second round.
Host institution Transylvania University made its national championship hosting debut with a 28-over-par 316 on the Champion Trace course Tuesday. The Pioneers, making their 13th consecutive appearance in the national championship, are hosting the championship rounds for the first time in program history. Transy's Blake Young and Spencer McKinney each turned in a six-over-par 78 on Monday; McKinney was regal on the back nine, recording a birdie on 10 and making par on his final seven holes of the day.
No. 1 Emory University sits in 32nd place after shooting a 33-over-par 33 on the Champion Trace course. No. 5 Methodist University, the defending national champions, are in 10th place after shooting a sharp 300 on Champion Trace. The Monarchs' Zane Brownrigg was the team pacesetter, carding an even-par 72 as he led his team with four birdies.
Following tomorrow's second round, a cut line will be established, reducing the field to the top-18 teams on the leaderboard and the six players competing as individuals. The final two rounds will be contested on Thursday and Friday from Champion Trace.
Opening tee times are set for 7:30 a.m. Eastern time from both Keene Run and Champion Trace.
The 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships are the first men's golf national championships hosted in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1993 when Division I University of Kentucky hosted the National Championships at the Champion Trace Golf Course.
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