WVU Tech head golf coach Garrett Goosman admitted being a little disappointed when the opening round scores for his team came in at the River States Fall Preview.
Turned out the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs had a little bite to it Monday.
With firm conditions and fast greens highlighting the day, WVU Tech’s team score of 308 was only seven shots behind tournament leader Rio Grande (301).
“Obviously, it was playing a little tougher today. The set-up was good and I thought we would hopefully play a little better than we did with it being our home course,” Goodman said.
Midway University, who has dominated conference play in recent years, sits one shot back, tied for second place with Indiana University East.
Indiana University-Kokomo is in fourth place five shots ahead of WVU Tech.
Tristan Mitchell from Midway was the only player in red figures with a one-under par 71. Hayden Williamson (IU-Kokomo) shot even par, followed by five players who finished at 74.
Lukas Lange and Juan Martinez both shot 75 to lead the Golden Bears and are tied for eighth place in the individual race.
Santiago Zambrano had a 78 for Tech, while Ignacio Martinez finished with an 80 and for Herbert Hoover state champion Bryson Beaver had an 81.
Playing its fifth tournament of the fall season, WVU Tech has been solid so far with two third place finishes and a second place finish at Alice Lloyd Fall Invite in mid-September.
“Leading up to this tournament we have been going through the motions and finishing second and third,” Goosman said. “We have played pretty solid and I was thinking we would play a little better than we did. Hopefully we come prepared for tomorrow.”
The final round resumes on the Cobb Course at 9.am. Tuesday.