Sapphire, N.C. - With the opening round delayed just over an hour due to an early autumn frost, second round play at the 2017 Hummingbird Intercollegiate was suspended due to darkness on Monday evening at the beautiful par-71, 6,767-yard Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
After the initial delay, the field was treated to a picturesque mountain day with temps in the mid-60s under bright and sunny skies. Gardner-Webb led the 13-team field after one complete round, matching the second-best round in event history with a 9-under par, 275.
Several groups were within six holes of completing the second round before sunset forced the golfers from the course. Those groups will complete the tournament through 36 holes beginning at 8:30 am with the final round scheduled to tee off of the first and 10th holes beginning at 9:00 am.
Live scoring from the course is available online through GolfStatResults.com with links online at CatamountSports.com.
Behind the Runnin' Bulldogs, Elon sits in second place with a 5-over round of 289, followed by Tennessee Tech (291) in third with a two-way tie between Radford and Marshall at 8-over par, 292, rounding out the top five teams. Central Arkansas is sixth at 294, followed by the two-way tie for seventh between Morehead State and Belmont a stroke in arrears at 295.
Individually, three golfers sit atop the leaderboard with matching scores of 5-under par, 66, including Gardner-Webb's Aaron Thomas, Marshall's Alex Weiss, and individual competitor, Colby Patton, of Clemson.
All told, there were six eagles carded in Monday's first round including three by Elon.
Tournament-host, Western Carolina, is ninth in the standings with an opening-round 297. Defending event individual champion, senior Dylan MacQueen, shot 1-over par, 72, while classmate Jackson Bishop was 3-over par at 74 in Monday's first round. Junior transfer George Whitbread, making his first appearance in the home event, sits in a tie for 39th at 4-over par 75 with the second round yet to conclude, with freshman Chandler Metz (t-56th, 76) and senior Bright Julamool (t-62nd, 77) rounding out the Catamount scoring five.
Play resumes Tuesday morning with the tournament set to conclude by mid-afternoon. A complete recap will be made available at the conclusion of play.