May 20, 2014
PLYMOUTH, Ind.—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team shot 336 and is tied for 17th after Tuesday’s opening round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Swan Lake Resort.
Making their second straight appearance at nationals and fourth in the last five years, the Chargers had all four of their scorers shoot in the 80s. Sandburg is tied with host school Ancilla (Ind.) and is two shots behind Independence (Kan.) for 16th place. Despite posting their second-highest score of the season, the Chargers still are within striking distance of their program-best finish of 12th at nationals, which was set last year.
“We definitely didn’t bring our ‘A’ game today, so the good news is we have a lot of room for improvement,” Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said. “Four of our five golfers are freshmen, so I think playing on this stage for the first time may have affected them a little bit. We know we’re better than what we showed today.”
Freshman Ryan Ballard (Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora) shot an 8-over-par 80 — highlighted by a 2 over on the back nine — to pace Sandburg. Freshman Austin McDougall III (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) carded an 84, and sophomore Joey Juergens (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) and freshman Dylan Mullins (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) each shot 86 for the Chargers’ other scores. Freshman Bryer Anderson (Elmwood, Ill./Farmington) shot a 93 that didn’t count toward the Chargers’ team total for the round.
Walters (Tenn.) State shot 297 and holds a one-shot lead over Owens (Ohio) for first place in the team standings. Sebastian Otoya of Seminole (Okla.) State shot 5 under and holds a three-shot lead over two players on the individual leaderboard.
The four-day tournament continues with the second round Wednesday.
Carl Sandburg College freshman Ryan Ballard watches his tee shot from the 18th hole during the first round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Tuesday at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.