SU tied for 20th after suspended 1st round at NAIA Championship
SILVIS, Ill. -- The Shorter University men's golf team finds itself in a tie for 20th place after its first round at the 2011 NAIA Men's Golf National Championship hosted by TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
The ninth-ranked Hawks were able to complete their opening round with a score of 309 (+25) before thunderstorms in the area forced the suspension of first round play with several teams still out on the par-71, 6,983-yard course.
14 of the tournament's 29 teams still have holes remaining in the first round, which is scheduled to resume at 6 a.m. CDT tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, weather permitting.
Senior Arvid Bengtson paced the Hawks in Tuesday's opening round with a 3-over 74 that left him in a tie for 68th after 18 holes. Bengtson, the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year and tournament medalist, posted three birdies to counter three bogies in his first action at the championships.
Ethan Lambert is right on his teammate's heels after turning in a 4-over 75. Lambert will enter Wednesday's second round in 82nd position.
Shorter's final three competitors -- Erwan Vieilledent, Nico van Rensberg and Matt Youmans -- hope to improve upon their first round scores as the weather hopefully becomes more forgiving with the progression of the tournament.
Vieilledent, who has a tournament title on his resume from the Docuteam Invitational which Shorter hosted at Barnsley Gardens, fired an opening round 79 and is in 131st place.
Van Rensberg (81) is in 142nd and Youmans, who finished in a tie for first with Bengtson at the SSAC Championships before falling to his elder teammate in a playoff, shot an 82 in his first national tournament round and is in 145th.
Tee times for the second round may be readjusted depending on the weather situation and the time it takes to complete first round action. At the moment, the Hawks are scheduled to tee off from the No. 10 tee at 1:30 p.m. CDT alongside Oklahoma City University and Union University (Tenn.).