Lynn leads Mardi Gras Invitational
Top-ranked Knights take first place with 1-over 289
NEW ORLEANS La. -- Following 18 holes on a wet and windy Monday, No. 1 Lynn leads the 2012 University of New Orleans Mardi Gras Invitational.
Shooting a 1-over 289 as a team, Lynn is two strokes clear of North Alabama in a field of 15 teams. West Florida rounds out the top three at five strokes off the pace set by the team leader.
In the race for individual medalist honors, UWF's Carlos Rodriguez managed to get out front of a group of seven golfers that broke par despite the conditions.
Rodriguez carded a 3-under 69 to lead Lynn's Marceo Rozo by a single stroke. Five golfers were at 1-under 71 including Delta State's Grant Goforth, UNA's Jake Greer, Ricardo Celia of Nova Southeastern, Paul McPhee of Lynn and Robert Gleixner of Indianapolis.
The host institution UNO is in 15th place through 18 holes after shooting a 48-over 336.
Playing without team leader Hunter Smith, the Privateers were led by Trey Neck's 3-over 75. The score placed the sophomore in a tie for 24th place after the opening round.
Steve Vail posted an 8-over 80 and finds himself in a tie for 57th while the debuting Blaise Allen made his way around the TPC Louisiana course with a 15-over 87 to fall into 72nd place.
The UNO efforts were rounded out by Jordan Cardwell and Blake Strander, who shot matching 22-over 94 scores and currently rank in a tie for 75th.