ALLENDALE, Mich. – Led by an outstanding charge by Zach James, Southeastern carded a first-round 291 and ends the first round of the Central/Midwest Super Regional in second-place, just two strokes off the lead at The Meadows in Allendale, Mich.
The top five teams and first two individuals not with a qualifying team advance to the NCAA Division II Golf Championships, set for May 17-21 in Denver, Colo.
James shot a 2-under 69. Mason Horner, Marcos Sevilla Suarez and Hayden Foster all shot 74and are tied for 22nd.
Eric Kline shot a 1-over-par 72 to lead Central Oklahoma on the first day of the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Super Regional here Monday.
The Bronchos had a 299 total and are tied for sixth in the 19-team field with two rounds to play. Klineâ€™s 72 led UCO, while Russ Purser shot 74, Eli Armstrong 75, Logan Gray 78 and Cody Troutman 87.
The Bronchos started play on the back nine and Kline offset two bogeys with a pair of birdies in making the turn at even-par 35. He went double bogey-bogey on holes No. 4-5, but bounced back with two pars and then back-to-back birdies to come in at 37.
Purser birdied No. 18 to make the turn at one-over 36 and then had seven pars with two bogeys on his back nine for a 38.
Armstrong struggled to a opening-nine 40 before rebounding with a one-under 35, making eight pars along with a birdie on the par-3 seventh hole.
Southwestern OSU is in a five-way tie for ninth place, six shots off the pace needed for a return trip to the national championships.
SWOSU carded a team total of 301 strokes on Monday, a mark matched by Lindenwood, Henderson State, Arkansas Tech and Washburn. The teams are part of a group that sits 12 shots behind first-round leader Tiffin University and six shots behind Grand Valley State in fifth place, the placing needed to secure a berth in the national tournament.
Jake Duvall had the best round for SWOSU on Monday, turning in a 73 in his fourth Super Regional tournament as a Bulldog. Stefan Idstam and Nicolas Cornu had matching rounds of 75 while Joby Gray was the final scorer for SWOSU with a 78.
SWOSU has two rounds left to make their climb up the leaderboard, beginning on Tuesday with the second round at The Meadows in Allendale, Michigan.