TUNICA, MS – Valdosta State followed a first round 294 with a second round 308 to finish the first day of play at the Gulf South Conference Championships in seventh place with a 26-over 602 at the par 72, 6,851 yard Tunica National Golf Club Monday.
The Blazers were sixth after the first round, during which they were six-over-par, but dropped a spot in the second round after shooting 20-over for the 18 holes.
Delta State claimed the day one lead as it shot 290-278 to finish the day eight-under with a 568. North Alabama was a stroke behind after shooting 287-282 while West Florida was two-under with a 574 after following a first round 285 with a 289. Lee was fourth at even par as it shot 292-284 while Christian Brothers shot 293 in both rounds to finish the day fifth.
West Georgia bested VSU by 13 strokes as it shot 291-298 while Union was eight strokes behind the Blazers after a first round 311 and a second round 299. West Alabama was ninth at 616 as it shot 306-310 while Shorter rounded out the field at 625 as it shot 316-309.
Alex Jones tied for 18th on the day as he was one-under with a 71 in the first round but shot a five-over 77 in the second to finish the day four-over with a 148. John Fordham was two strokes behind and tied for 24th as he recorded a 69 in the first round and an 81 in the second while Austin McNeill shot 77-76 to tie for 29th at 153. Florian Schmiedel was three more strokes behind and tied for 39th as he shot 81-75 while Michael Nutter followed a first round 77 with a second round 80 to tie for 41st at 157.
North Alabama’s Connor Godsey shot 66-68 to claim the first day lead with a 10-under 134.
The tournament concludes with a single round of play Tuesday morning.