May 6, 2013
KENOSHA, Wis. - The Grand Valley State men's golf team got off to a good start at the 2013 NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Regional Tournament on Monday (May 6), turning in a team round of 292 to tie for seventh after one round of play. The Lakers are only three shots out of fifth in a tournament where the top five qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Missouri-St. Louis leads the way after one round of play at The Club at Strawberry Creek, turning in a team score of 283 after a pair of 68's from two of their golfers. Bellarmine (285), Nebraska-Kearney (287), Central Missouri (287) and Central Oklahoma (289) round out the top five. Northeastern State (290) is sixth, while GVSU and Tiffin are tied for seventh at 292 in the hotly contested regional tournament.
The Lakers were led by junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.), who turned in one of the best rounds of the entire tournament on day one, and the best round of his stellar GVSU career. Cunningham carded a first-round 67 (-5) and is tied for second on the individual leaderboard, only two shots off the lead.
Sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) shot a first-round 73 (+1) and is in a tie for 26th.
Also competing but not having his score counted in the first round of competition, was freshman Tyler Polulak (DeWitt, Mich.), who shot an 80 (+8) on day one.
Cunningham's 67 is tied for the third-best round in school history, trailing only Siegel's 65 at the GLIAC Championship earlier this year and four players who turned in rounds of 66.
The Lakers will tee off for the second of three rounds of play at approximately 1:50 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday (May 7) at The Club at Strawberry Creek.