Northwestern College is tied for 18th place after the first round of the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship played Tuesday at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
The Red Raiders shot an opening round score of 299 and are tied with William Penn (Iowa) for 18th place out of 29 teams. They are one stroke in back of both South Carolina Beaufort and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and two shots behind 15th place University of Jamestown (N.D.)
Keiser (Fla.) holds the lead after the first 18 holes with a 279, one stroke better than Coastal Georgia and Taylor (Ind.) with a 280.
Colton Kooima and Austin Reitz both shot an opening round 73 (+2) and are tied for 43rd place overall to lead Head Coach Aaron Aberson’s squad. Evan Schuler is two strokes back with a 75 and tied for 68th while Justin Kraft is tied for 114th place at 78. Zach Riddle rounds out the Northwestern scores with a 79 and is tied for 127th place.
Keiser’s Jack Dyer opened the Championship with a five-under 66 and holds a one stroke lead over Alec Dutkowski of Taylor, who shot a 67 (-4). A trio of golfers sit two shots back, including Erik Jonasson (Keiser), Chip Thompson (Coastal Georgia) and Mitch Lamping (Taylor).
Northwestern will begin second round play on Wednesday morning around 8:20am.