Men's Golf sits in 11th place after opening round at U.S. Collegiate Championship
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- UT senior Matt Bortis shot a three-over 75 to lead the 23rd-ranked Longhorns Monday afternoon in the 15-team United States Collegiate Championship at the par 72, 7,017-yard Golf Club of Georgia.
Texas currently sits in a tie for 11th place after shooting a 17-over 305 in round one. Host Georgia Tech and Clemson are tied for first place at four-over par. Clemson's Tanner Ervin and Georgia's Chris Kirk hold the first-round individual lead at two-under par.
The tournament field includes five of the nation's top-six teams, and all 15 participating teams are ranked among the top 30 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll.
"The course here is playing very difficult, and this is probably the strongest field we'll play against other than at the NCAA Championships," said UT coach John Fields. "We had a tough day today, but I expect the guys to come back and play well tomorrow."
Bortis (Springfield, Mo.) opened with a 40 on the front nine before ending with a 35 on the back nine on the strength of two birdies and only one bogey to end the day in a tie for 28th place.
Junior Kevin Schultz (Richardson, Texas) stroked a four-over 76 in the opening round to end day one in a tie for 36th place. Joining Schultz with a 76 was senior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela), who sank two birdies on the day to end the first round at four-over par.
Senior Farren Keenan (Middlesex, England), fresh off of his victory last week at the University of Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, ended the opening round with a six-over 78 to finish the day in a tie for 53rd place. Junior Jace Moore (Southlake, Texas) closed the first round with a 13-over 85 to sit in 77th place.
Texas tees off the second round on Tuesday at 9:57 a.m. Central.
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