SAVANNAH, Ga. – After the first day of the SSU Tiger Invitational hosted by Savannah State University on Monday, the North Carolina A&T men’s golf team is in second place, seven strokes off the lead.
The SSU Tiger Invitational is being played at the par-72, 6,750-yard Crosswinds Golf Club Championship Golf Course. The Aggies shot a 7-over 295 on the first day, while the Florida A&M Rattlers shot a 2-under 286 to take the first-round lead. Maryland Eastern Shore is in third at 10-over followed by Western Illinois and Savannah State who finished with a first-day score of 301 and 306 respectively.
Sophomore Diego Gonzalez posted the lowest score of the day for the Aggies. Gonzalez shot an even-par 72 to finish the first round tied for third place. Junior Cody Lissner and sophomore Diego Sanchez also had a good first day.
Both golfers shot a 2-over 74 to end the first round in a seventh-place tie. Senior Casey Lindo was the final scorecard that counted toward the Aggies total on Monday. Lindo is in a 12th-place tie after he shot a 3-over 75.
Gonzalez’s card included one eagle, three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. Gonzalez approached the ninth hole at 2-over before heating up. He birdied the par-5, ninth hole to enter the back nine at 1-over. He opened the back nine with another birdie to move to even par.
He moved back to 1-over after a bogey on the par-5, 12th before birdieing the par-4, 13th to go back to even par. His round ended interestingly as he carded a six on the par-4 17th before posting an eagle on the par-5, 18th.
Lissner continued to show off his vast improvement. His round started with a birdie on the par-4, first hole. He remained at 1-under until he bogeyed the par-4, seventh. Lissner finished the front nine at even par before two bogeys on the back nine ended his day at 2-over.
Sanchez started his round with some struggles as he reached 3-over after the first four holes. He then played consistently well throughout the rest of his round. His first birdie of the day came on the par-3, eighth. Sanchez also birdied a par-3 on No. 11. His round ended with seven straight successful par putts to finish tied with Lissner.
Lindo was 2-under after his first seven holes after he birdied two par-4’s on the front nine. Lindo was 1-under after playing the front nine and was 1-under until he reached the par-4, 13th where he shot a six. He also double bogeyed the par-3, 16th to finish the back nine at 4-over.
Sophomore Xavier Williams finished 7-over after Round 1. Round 2 will start on Tuesday.