CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern sits 10th overall through the first day of the Furman Intercollegiate as the Buccaneers wrapped up the first 18 holes at the Furman University Golf Course on Friday afternoon.
The Buccaneers (297, 13-over) sit second overall among Big South teams in the field trailing just Presbyterian (296, 12-over) among conference schools in the field. Virginia Tech leads three teams who carded under par rounds at 3-under through the first 18 holes.
CSU started on the back nine on Friday and finished with 12 birdies and a pair of eagles overall as a team. The Bucs were the second-lowest team on par fives on the day finishing 7-under. CSU tied with Virginia Tech for the most eagles on the round with two.
Brandon Smith sits in a eight-way tie for fifth after leading the Buccaneers over the round. Smith bounced back from a double bogey on 12 and a bogey on 18 to finish 1-under over his first 18 holes. Smith utilized a birdie-eagle combination on holes 1 and 2 to propel him back up the leaderboard on the day.
Elliot Gothe also put in an eagle as the senior finished the first round tied for 26th overall. Gothe birdied the 10th and drilled an eagle on the par-five 11th hole to jump out to an early lead. However a difficult stretch late left him two-over-par on the day.
Alan Smith added a trio of birdies on the first round as the freshman finished under par on holes 12, 14, and two. He is currently tied for 52nd overall at four-over-par through the first day.
Brandon McBride and Connor Moore also took on the field for the Bucs on the day. McBride birdied the first and second holes on his way to finishing eight-over-par on the round. Moore was hit with a trio of double-bogeys on the front nine on his way to finishing nine-over and tied for 100th.
News & Notes
- Brandon Smith and Elliot Gothe are tied for second overall in par-five scoring through the first day aided by their eagles.
- CSU was tied for sixth overall as a team with their 12 combined birdies on the day.
CSU is back on the course tomorrow morning at 9:10 a.m. as the Bucs tee off with Akron and USC Upstate on the first hole at the Furman University Golf Course.