Lynn leads first championship round
Gouveia leads way in Fighting Knights’ opening round
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -- Despite cool temperatures and strong winds during its morning round, Lynn seized a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship.
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The Fighting Knights, making their fifth appearance in the field, had three players shooting under par turned in a 3-over-par 291 after 18 holes to lead the tournament. CSU-Monterey Bay shot 294 to stand at 6-over, followed by Central Oklahoma (295), Central Missouri (296), Fort Lewis College (296), Abilene Christian (298), Barton (299), Hawaii-Hilo (301), Sonoma State (303) and Columbus State (306) in the top 10.
Playing on the 7,150-yard, par 72 Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Fighting Joe Course, Lynn's Ricardo Gouveia shot even par through the first nine holes of the day to tie for first. The freshman turned it up a notch on the back nine, birdying the first two holes before tapping in a birdie on the par 5, 17th hole to shoot a 3-under 69 in the opening round.
Oskar Nystrom of CSU-Monterey Bay and Gavin Lyons of Fort Lewis College are tied for the individual lead with 3-under-par 69 total alongside Gouveia. Five other players are tied for fourth, just one stroke back at 70.
Nystrom was 1-under par through the first nine holes before collecting two birdies on the backside to finish with a 69. Teammate John Jackson shot an even-par 72 and is tied for 11th place. He carded 36 on both the front and the back nine.
For the first time in the 48-year history of the NCAA Division II Golf Championship, the winner will be determined in Match Play. After rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the final eight teams will be paired against each other (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5) for a quarterfinal round Thursday morning. The final four remaining teams will then play Thursday afternoon with the two remaining teams will meet in the Championship Final on Friday.
North Alabama and Lynn University contributed to this report.