The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s golf team was tied for third out of 15 teams at the Blue Raider Classic, hosted by Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at The Pines Golf Course. The Cougars carded a team score of 282 (-2) on Friday, which is now the best single round mark in school history. The previous record, which has stood since 2006, was 287 set at the Malone Fall Invitational on September 16th of that year.
Charlie Phillips (SR/Mount Vernon, Ohio) powered MVNU on Friday with a 5-under 66 through 18 holes, which tied his personal best and the school record score for a single round. Phillips set the original record with a 66 on March 21st 2014 at the Royal American Links Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. Phillips currently resides in second place in the individual standings and is two shots behind Sean Elliott of Dalton State (Ga.) who leads the field after firing a first round score of 7-under 64.
Zack Forker (JR/Zanesville, Ohio) followed Phillips with an impressive round of 3-under 68 and is tied for fourth in the standings. Friday’s round puts Forker in a tie for the third lowest score for a single round in school history. Sean Thomas (SO/Johnstown, Ohio) turned in a score of 73 (+2, T29), Sam Romine (FR/Martinsburg, West Virginia) finished the first 18 holes with a 75 (+4, T46), and Kaden Welch (FR/Johnstown, Ohio) rounded out the scoring for MVNU with a 77 (+6, T55).
Lindsey Wilson leads the tournament after day one thanks to a cumulative score of 274 (-10) followed by Dalton State in second place with a mark of 281 (-3). Lindsey Wilson’s second team is tied with MVNU for third place after recording an identical score of 282 (-2).