Matt McClure led the way for UMC after shooting a 74 to end the first round tied for 18th overall.

The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team ended the first round of play at the Missouri Western State University Drury Inn Central Region Invite in 12th place overall after shooting a team score of 304 in a very competitive field featuring the top teams from across the Central Region. The tournament is being played at the St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo. The second round of play will take place tomorrow. A total of 20 teams are competing in the field including NSIC schools St. Cloud State, Augustana College (S.D.), Bemidji State University, Winona State University, Concordia University, St. Paul, Upper Iowa University and University of Sioux Falls.

Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) led the way for UMC after shooting a 74 to end the first round tied for 18th overall with a three-over-par score. McClure’s 74 is just one over his season-best score of 73.

In addition to McClure, Evan Lunda (Fr., Centuria, Wis.) shot a 76, which ties his previous best in his young college golf career, Michael Roedl (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) also carded a 76 while Jesse Roscoe (Jr., Big Stone City, S.D.) shot a 78. Seth Heppner (Jr., Crookston, Minn.) shot a 79 on the day.

University of Central Missouri is in first place with a three-over par score of 287 after the first day while Henderson State University and University of Nebraska-Kearney are two strokes behind with a team score of 289. The top NSIC team in the first round was St. Cloud State University, who is in a tie for eighth.

Henderson State’s Matt Jennings is in the individual lead after shoot a four-under par 67 while his teammate Gil Debusscher is tied in second with a 69, along with Central Missouri’s Teddy Jones and Nebraska-Kearney’s Alex Anania.