GRASONVILLE, Md. –Another North Carolina A&T men’s golfer had a career round for the Aggies. Days after junior Cody Lissner mastered the course at the UMES Challenge Invitational, senior Casey Lindo had a terrific first round on Saturday during the first round of the Towson Invitational played at the par-72, 6,624-yard Prospect Bay Country Club golf course.
Lindo carded four birdies to shoot 1-under over 71 over the first 18 holes of the event to lead the Aggies. Lindo’s performance helped the Aggies earn a fifth-place positioning after the first day. After earning the program’s first-ever tournament on Wednesday at the UMES Challenge, the Aggies shot another solid round with a 9-over 297.
N.C. A&T finds themselves only eight shots off the lead.
Robert Morris (Pa.) leads the tournament after Saturday’s round with a 1-over 289. They are followed in the top-5 by Youngstown State (291), Fairleigh Dickinson (292), tournament host Towson (296) and N.C. A&T.
Lindo is in a tie for a sixth place, three strokes off the lead behind Robert Morris’ Max Palmer, who shot a 4-under 68. Lissner and sophomore Xavier Williams also finished in the top-20 after Round 1 as both men are in an eight-way tie for 20thby shooting 3-over 75.
On the front nine, Lindo started by birdieing the par-5, 490-yard No. 1. A bogey followed before Lindo carded on a two on the par-3, 182-yard third. His third birdie on the front nine came on the par-4, 368-yard fifth as he finished the first nine holes on the course at 2-under.
He was not as hot on the back nine, but he was good enough. The back nine started with Lindo producing another birdie as he posted a three on the par-4, 401-yard No. 9. After two straight bogeys, Lindo closed out the back nine with six straight pars.
Lissner, fresh off his tournament win at the UMES Challenge, also opened the front nine with a birdie. His second and only other birdie of the first round came on the fifth hole. Lissner shot an even-par 36 on the front nine before shooting 3-over on the back nine.
Williams holed one birdie on the day. It occurred on No. 3 as Williams finished the front nine at 1-over. He bogeyed two holes and parred the other seven on the back nine to finish at 3-over on the day.
The other Aggie to have his scores count toward the team card was sophomore Diego Gonzalez. Gonzalez shot a 4-over 76 and is in a tie for 28thplace. Gonzalez was one of three Aggies to birdie No. 1 on Saturday. Sophomore Diego Sanchez shot 6-over 78 in the first round.
Sanchez will start Round 2 for the Aggies 8:30 a.m., Sunday. Gonzalez will tee off at 8:39 a.m., followed by Williams (8:48 a.m.), Lissner (8:57 a.m.) and Lindo (9:06 a.m.).