BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Shawnee State men’s golf program used a three-over par 75 from Josh Zornes on Day One of the Mid-South Conference’s Fall Roundup to obtain a team score of 321 at the Bowling Green Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky. on Monday evening.
With his aforementioned score of 75, Zornes put together his ninth straight round in the 70s dating back to last April’s Mid-South Conference Championships.
The Ironton, Ohio native – who sits in a tie with five additional golfers for 11th place in the 52-man field – has not finished outside of the top 15 in any tournament that he has played in since the Mid-South Spring Tournament in March, with that aforementioned finish also being the only finish outside of the top 20 over the past two seasons.
Further back in the field, Drew Oxley and A.J. Hamilton would each shoot a nine-over par 81 to tie with two additional players in tying for the 33rd position overall. Oxley would par on 10 of his first 18 holes to kick off tournament play while Hamilton added three birdies of his own en route to the 33rd place showings.
Brett Ruckel would be next in line for Shawnee State as the Vanceburg, Ky. native put together a 12-over 84 to tie for the 44th position after Day One. Brock Faulkner rounded out the scoring for the first day for the Bears by putting together a 14-over 86 to grab a 50th place result.
As far as the tournament leaderboard is concerned, Zornes – who tied a tournament high with leader Jonathan Grabara of Lindsey Wilson and Austin Williams of Cumberland (Tenn.) with 15 pars on Day One – sits three strokes back of the top five and six strokes back of the overall lead.
Individually, Grabara – along with teammate Zachary Madewell, Cumberlands’ (Ky.) Callum McGuigan, Campbellsville’s James Higgins, and Asbury’s Matthew McCurry – make up the top five and are the only players to have shot even par or better after the tournament’s first day.
From a team standpoint, the Blue Raiders – behind the efforts of Grabara and Madewell – currently sit in first place overall for the tournament with a four-over 292.
Cumberland (Tenn.) sits four strokes back of Lindsey Wilson with an eight-over 296, while Cumberlands (Ky.) is another four pins back with a 12-over 300. Campbellsville (Ky.) – 15-over 303 – and Pikeville – 22-over 310 – would round out the top five positions on Day One.
Shawnee State will finish off their fall season tomorrow as the Bears will play another 18 holes to cap the Mid-South Fall Roundup.