The Maryville College men's golf team participated in the BSN Sports Dataw Invitational in Dataw Island, South Carolina beginning on Monday, March 9th. After the initial 36 holes on day one, the Scots placed ninth among the 15 NCAA Division III institutions at the event.
McMurray University paced the team scores with a 291-299 (590). Maryville posted a two-round total of 318-314 (632).
Individually, Texas Lutheran's Matthew McArthur attacked the 6,723-yard Dataw Island-Cotton Dike Course with a 73-71 (144) even-par effort.
Maryville's top performer after the initial pair of rounds was junior Brady Orr. The Seymour, Tennessee native tallied a 77-79 (156). His 12-over-par outing was good enough for a 23rd place finish going into round three on Tuesday.
In a talented field of 88 collegiate golfers, MC freshman Jake Duncan ranked 31st after rounds of 77-80 (157). Senior Garrett Compliment battled through rounds of 78-80 (158) for a 35th place while collegiate rookie Jacob Dunlap rallied with an 86-75 (161) 45th place ranking. Jay Burgin finished the Scots' scoring with a 96-91 (187) score.
Following a very consistent fall season, Maryville College Head Coach Anthony Monaco knows his squad can do better. "I thought today was one of the worst rounds of golf we've put together all year long," stated the first-year mentor. "Lack of focus on the greens and wild tee shots led to us not being able to battle back from having bad holes. We need to be a lot better tomorrow to salvage this tournament."
Only 42 shots off the team-leading pace set by McMurray, Maryville looks to climb up the standings with a solid team effort and focus on improvement in the final 18-holes on Tuesday.