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Gary Putnik | NCAA.com | May 27, 2022

Vanderbilt leads after first round of DI men's golf championship

Vanderbilt Athletics Vanderbilt holds a three-shot lead over Oregon and Auburn after the first round of the DI men's golf championship.

Vanderbilt (+2) leads the DI men's golf championship after the first round on Friday. The Commodores are followed by Oregon and Auburn at 5-over. 

Most teams at Grayhawk Golf Club struggled to keep the big numbers out of play in the first round. Vanderbilt was able to prevent that with just one player recording a hole at double bogey. Gordon Sargent got out to a clean start with no bogies through his first 15 holes. He went on to bogey two of his last three to finish at even-par (70) on the day.

On the individual side, there's a two-way tie for the lead. Auburn's Brendan Valdes and Kansas' Harry Hillier both site at 2-under (68) through the first 18. Hillier played an eventful round. Through his first nine he had six birdies, two bogies and one par. The Jayhawk began to slip a little on the back half with three bogies and one birdie. Valdes was a little less hectic with four birdies and two bogies. 

There's still a lot time for players and teams to make moves. The individual champion and match-play field will be decided after four rounds of the 2022 DI men's golf championship. 

Click here for complete stats from the first round of this year's tournament.

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