Sept. 23, 2012
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. - The Grand Valley State men's golf team finds itself in a tie for ninth-place after the opening round of the GLIAC Fall Event at Hawkshead G.C. on Sunday (Sept. 23). After one round of play, the top 12 teams are separated by only 12 strokes.
Junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.) and freshman Sean Carlino (Hamilton, Ont./Hill Park Secondary) both shot opening round 74's (+2) to lead the way for the Lakers. Both are tied for 15th on the individual leaderboard. Cunningham's round included an eagle on the par 4 ninth hole, which plays at 397 yards and had only 15 players shoot under par on it in the first round, including Cunningham having the lone eagle on the hole.
Sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) shot a 77 (+5) and is tied for 47th in the individual standings, while freshman Chris Beltzer (Haslett, Mich.) carded an opening round 78 (+6) to place in a tie for 55th.
Junior Joel Siegel (Sparta, Mich.) opened the tournament with an 80 (+8) in the first round.
Freshman Tyler Polulak (DeWitt, Mich.), playing as an individual and not being scored as part of the team, had an impressive 74 (+2) in the opening round.
The Lakers, considered hosts for the event, currently sit in a tie for ninth after a team score of 303 (+15) with Tiffin and Ohio Dominican.
Wayne State leads the way after the first round with a 292 (+4), followed by Ferris State (293, +5), Malone (296, +8) and Saginaw Valley State (299, +11) to round out the top five. Missouri-St. Louis and Bellarmine are tied in sixth at 301 (+13), with Ashland in eighth (302, +14).
The second and final round of competition will get under way at 9 a.m. on Monday (Sept. 24).