Oct. 31, 2011
Sapphire, N.C. - Paced by the individual leader Kristopher Gray who carded a four-under par, 67, on Monday, Gardner-Webb leads the 17-team field by five strokes after shooting two-under 282 in the opening round at the 2011 Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the par-71, 6,767-yard Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Gray carded five birdies against one bogey during his opening round to lead the 93-golfer field.
Tournament host, Western Carolina, shot 298 collectively as a team in the opening round and stands amidst a five-way tie for 11th-place. Sophomore Jack Walsh shot a two-over, 73, to lead the squad, tied with eight others in 23rd position.
Monday's opening round was delayed a combined two and a half hours from its original scheduled tee time as heavy frost prevented teams from hitting the links. The start of Tuesday's final 18 holes has been moved back to 10:00 am with a slight possibility of a frost delay, though temperatures overnight Monday are forecasted to be warmer. Threesomes will tee-off on both the front and back nine.
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Gardner-Webb has two players inside the individual top 10 after the opening round and leads 19th-ranked UAB by five shots, 282-to-287. Southern Conference foe Samford stands third after shooting 290 on Monday, followed by a four-way tie for fourth at 291 between Francis Marion, Wofford and three-time team runner-up, Vanderbilt.
GWU's Gray is followed by a three-way tie for second, one-stroke in arrears at 68 between Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart, Elon's Tanner Norton and Michael Wade from Radford. There is a four-way tie for fifth, two strokes off the pace after carding opening rounds 69. Wofford's Charles Moore is knotted with Tennessee Tech's Greg Kitts - who posted a tournament-high seven birdies - and Jamey Salmon from Jacksonville and individual competitor Stuart Kaufman from Elon to round out the top eight golfers.
For the Catamounts, Walsh played his first four holes even par before a pair of bogies on the par-4 fifth and par-3 seventh sandwiched around a birdie on the par-5 sixth, making the turn at one-over. Two bogies on his first four holes of the back nine moved him to three-over, but he closed his round with a birdie on the par-5 14th and four-straight pars to shoot two-over, 73.
Classmate Greg Bunner is tied for 32nd after shooting three-over, 74. The Gastonia, N.C., native recorded four bogies - three between his first six holes of the day - with a lone birdie on the par-4 12th. Junior Trey White stands tied for 44th overall with one of the more up-and-down days for WCU. White opened with a birdie on his first hole, but carded four bogies around one more birdie to make the turn to the back nine at two-over par. Over his final nine holes, the Hickory, N.C., product carded four additional bogies against two birdies and three pars to shoot four-over, 75.
Rounding out WCU's scorers were freshmen J.T. Poston in a tie for 57th at five-over 76 and Charlie Kilzer in a tie for 67th with a six-over, 77. Poston struggled early, falling to five-over par with three bogies and a double-bogey in his first five holes. He rallied, though, to play the final 13 holes at even par, matching three bogies with a trio of birdies. Meanwhile, Kilzer was one-over through 12 holes but stumbled into the clubhouse with three bogies and a double-bogey in his final six holes.
Playing unattached as an individual, WCU freshman Matthew Turner shot 84 (93rd) on Monday.
The final round is scheduled for 10:00 am on Tuesday morning.