KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Behind the play of a pair of true freshmen, the UAB men's golf team carded a 302 and is in fourth place overall after the opening round at the Invitational at the Ocean Course.
A pair of true freshmen playing in their first collegiate event were among the counted scores for the Blazers in the play-six-count-four tournament ormat.
Leading the way for UAB was freshman Martin Rohwer, who finished his first-ever collegiate round with a one-over par 73 on the 7,344-yard Ocean Course. The Natal, South Africa native, who began his day on the No. 10 hole, had a the outright lead going into the final two holes of the day. However, he would bogey both the par 3 8th and the par 4 ninth to result in his one-over par round. Rohwer finished the day with three birdies and four bogeys.
Not to be outdone was freshman Will Cannon, a native of Birmingham, Ala. (Hoover HS), who is also playing in his first event as a Blazer. Cannon will enter Monday's second round in a tie for 46th with a six-over par 78.
"We didn't play as well as I had hoped we would," UAB head coach Alan Kaufman said. "I am very proud of the way Martin played. To be able to shoot one over par in your first tournament on a tough, tough course is a great accomplishment. The course is set up just like it was for the PGA and it is playing difficult. I was disappointed the way some of our returning guys played, but at the same time, there is still a lot of golf to be played."
Junior Sam Love, who won the individual medalist honor at last year's event, is in a tie for 34th at five-over par 77. Love began his day at five-over par through his first three holes thanks to a triple bogey on his second hole (582-yard par 5 11th) and a double bogey on his third hole (420-yard par 4 12th). However, he rebounded to shoot even par over his final 15 holes to remain in the hunt to defend his title.
Florida, ranked No. 24 in the nation, leads the 15-team field with a team score of one-over par 289. The Gators are four strokes ahead of Houston (293), followed by tournament host College of Charleston (299).
Houston's Curtis Reed is the only golfer in the field to shoot below par and leads after the opening round with a one-under par 71. A trio of Florida golfers (Santiago Gavino, Tyler McCumber and J.D. Tomlinson) are just behind Reed in second overall with an even par 72.
The second round of the three-day, 54-hole event is set to tee off on Monday morning. Live stats can be found by logging onto Golfstat.com.