"The course was playing so hard today that I thought par would be a good score," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren, whose team will be trying to win its host event for the first time on Sunday. "Obviously, if you are shooting low it feels better, but today it was about surviving. We played solid and I'm proud of the way we played."
At the completion of the first round, ETSU led by as many as seven strokes at 6-under. However, with winds picking up midway through the day, scores soared for every team late in the round and the Bucs eventually finished at 3-over 291. That score was good enough to take the first round lead, as ETSU held a three stroke advantage over
As the day progressed, teams continued to battle the windy, cool conditions. Davies said the conditions were unique to the Ridges.
"It was as difficult as I've ever seen it out there," Davies said. "It was windy and no doubt that made it tough for everyone. It's great to see our boys at the top of the leaderboard. We're in the hunt."
Along with Davies and Bryan IV, TCU's Jon McLean is third at 2-under, Tennessee's Phillip Pettitt is fourth at 1-under, Virginia Tech's Nick MacDonald is fifth at even-par, and Tennessee's Charles Ford is sixth at 1-over. On the team leaderboard,
Other ETSU players of note included junior Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), who is currently tied for 11th at 3-over, and junior Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland), who is tied for 16th at 4-over.
For more on this weekend's tournament and live scoring from the event, visit either Golfstat.com or ETSUBucs.com and click on the men's golf page.