NINETY SIX, S.C. - Charleston Southern sits 10th overall following the first day of the 2019 Big South Men's Golf Championships as the Buccaneers closed out the first round at The Patriot at Grand Harbor.
WEATHER UPDATE: With the threat of thunderstorms and inclement weather for Friday, the Men's Golf Championship will play 36 holes tomorrow to complete the 54-hole stroke play event. Teams will be re-paired for the morning second round with fixed tee times beginning at 8 a.m. but will remain in their playing groups and same starting hole for the afternoon final round. The final round of stroke play is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
CSU finished +26 on their way to carding a team score 314 over the first 18 holes. No. 42 Campbell leads the way in the team standings at 10-under-par, while Gardner-Webb (+5) and Longwood (+8) round out the top three in the standings.
Freshman Alan Smith paces the Bucs after shooting a first round 74 (+2) to sit tied for 12th in the field. Campbell's Pontus Nyhold (-6) leads the field through the first 18 holes, while teammate Ray Kraivixien (-2) and Gardner-Webb's Jake Scruggs (-2) round out the top three individuals on the course.
Smith was one of four players on the course to record an eagle as the freshman paced the Bucs through the first 18 holes. Smith's eagle on the par-5 fifth hole put him 1-over through the front nine, while his birdie on the 10th highlighted the back nine as he sits tied with Longwood's Adam Szwed to sit tied for 12th through the first 18 holes.
Sophomore Connor Moore battled his way to a first round 80, 8-over-par to sit tied for 37th in the field. Moore birdied the sixth and eighth holes and added a birdie on the 15th to finish with a team-high three birdies on the day.
Brandon Smith battled through a trio of tough holes to sit tied with Moore through the first round at 8-over-par. The junior birdied the 13th and 17th holes, but a pair of tough holes on the front nine left him back in the field through the first 18 holes.
Parker Jones wrapped up the Bucs' lineup on Wednesday afternoon. The junior is 43rd overall at 9-over-par.
News & Notes
- Alan Smith is tied for second overall in the standings on Par-5's after finishing the first round at 2-under-par on the longest holes on the course.