POOLER, Ga. - The No. 5-ranked Nova Southeastern University men's golf team holds a nine-stroke lead after the first day of the 2017 Armstrong State Pirate Invitational at Savannah Quarters Country Club on Monday in Pooler.
The Sharks' two-round 577 total is nine better than No. 7-ranked North Alabama (586), with Young Harris (591), No. 15 Lander (608) and No. 14 Valdosta State (610) rounding out the top five schools in the 12-team field. The host Pirates shot rounds of 310 and 307 and are in eighth place following Monday.
Nova Southeastern's Richard Mansell leads the individual field by six strokes after carding rounds of 65 and 69 for a 10-under-par 134 total. The first-round 65 is the lowest single round in the 16-year history of the invitational, bettering five rounds of 66 that have been shot before. Forrest Knight of North Alabama is second with a four-underpar 140 total, while Eli Crumley of Young Harris (-2, 142) and Conor Richards of Lander (-1, 143) were the only other golfers to break par for the day.
Junior Ryan Emery leads the host Pirates individually on Monday, shooting rounds of 75 and 76 for a seven-over-par 151 total, tying for 11th. Senior Jake O'Bryan is tied for 24th after consecutive rounds of 77 for a 154 total, while junior Jacob Tinsley is tied for 30th after rounds of 79 and 76 for a 155 total. Freshman Spencer Ball shot rounds of 79 and 78 to sit tied for 47th with a 157 total and freshman Max Trydefeldt is tied for 58th after rounds of 80 and 81 for a 161 total.
Playing as individuals for the Pirates, junior Tyler Key is tied for 24th (154), junior Andrew Burgess is tied for 30th (155), senior Joshua Glossop is tied for 37th (156), junior Gustav Beckvid is tied for 50th (159) and junior Reid Rathburn is tied for 58th (161).
The 2017 Armstrong State Pirate Invitational concludes with a single round of 18 holes on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. Click for complete tee times.