St. John's, Oglethorpe tied for lead
Stevenson leads individual standings after opening-round 66
No. 2 Saint John's (Minn.) set a school record for a national tournament round with a two-under par 286, but finds itself in a tie with No. 9 Oglethorpe (Ga.) following the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship on Tuesday at the Grandover Resort.
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Craig Stevenson fired a six-under-par 66 for Oglethorpe Stevenson, a senior from Sarasota, Fla., knocked down a round-best seven birdies over his 18 holes and holds a one-stroke lead on Centre College’s Chris Morris in the 205-man field.
Playing the par-72, 6,800-yard West Course, Oglethorpe and St. John’s (Minn.) University both shot 286 to lead the 40-team field. The Johnnies’ Mark Giorgi fired a three-under 69, which shares third place on the individual leaderboard with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges’ Tain Lee, the defending tournament champion.
St. John’s Casey Vangsness and Dennis Granath and Emory University’s Charles Raindre and Ryan Dagerman headline a group of eight students who shot two-under 70 Tuesday for a share of fifth place. Raindre and Dagerman helped the Eagles turn in a one-over 289, good for third place and two shots ahead of local favorite Greensboro College (291). With the exception of Morris and Lee, the top-three individuals and the top-four teams played the West Course Tuesday.
Texas Lutheran University had the low team score on the par-72, 7,045-yard East Course with a four-over 292. Huntingdon College and Illinois Wesleyan both shot 294 on the West Course and share sixth place, one stroke better than tournament host Guilford College. The Quakers shot 295 on the East Course, thanks in part to junior Dusty Roberts’ one-under 71. Roberts and Greensboro College’s Brock Elder are two of eight students tied for 13th place after 18 holes.
Freshman Richard Kelly of the State University of New York at Farmingdale recorded a hole in one on the par-three 15th hole of the West Course. His shot was one of three eagles for the round over both courses.
The teams will switch courses for Wednesday’s second round. After 36 holes, the low 15 teams (and the low five individuals not part of the low 15 teams) advance to Thursday and Friday’s final rounds on the East Course.