April 6, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The Grand Valley State men's golf team began The Jewell with an eighth-place showing on day one of competition, shooting a team round of 298 at Cherry Blossom G.C.
Junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.) led the way for the Lakers, carding a one-under 71 in his first round, finding himself in a tie for eighth on the individual leaderboard.
Freshman Chris Beltzer (Haslett, Mich.) is continuing his solid play, as Beltzer turned in a one-over 73 in the first round, tying him for 15th.
Freshman Nick Williams (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) is in a tie for 52nd after a first round 76 (+4).
GVSU may actually be in good shape considering they sit only 17 strokes back despite two of the better golfers on the team struggling in day one.
Sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) carded a first-round 78 (+6), while junior Joel Siegel (Sparta, Mich.) turned in a first-round 80 (+8). If those two student-athletes are able to get back on track during Sunday's (Apr. 7) competition, the Lakers should be in contention late.
Missouri-St. Louis leads the field after a first-round 281, followed by Bellarmine (288) and then a three-way tie for third with Tiffin, Wisconsin-Parkside and Ohio Dominican at 293. Wayne State (Mich.) is sixth at 294, followed by Quincy (296) and GVSU (298). Indianapolis and Ferris State round out the top 10 at 300.
The final round of play will take place on Sunday at Cherry Blossom G.C.