Photo: Peri’Don Castille sank six birdies Monday to lead the field.
NEWTON, Kan. – Peri’Don Castille propelled No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University to the first-round lead in The Mid-South on Monday at Sand Creek Station Golf Club.
Castille, a sophomore from Dallas, tied for the individual lead as the Stars, top-ranked in NAIA men’s golf, had a two-shot edge.
Due to rain in the area, play halted at The Mid-South on Monday afternoon. Teams played four holes of the second round before play stopped. Tournament officials will evaluate playing conditions Tuesday morning. The tournament has been reduced to 36 holes from the planned 54 holes with the second round set to resume 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Castille held a stroke advantage along with Sebastien Tremulot of Wayland Baptist (Texas) on fellow OCU golfers Rupert Kaminski and Garrison Mendoza.
Oklahoma City shot a 281 to lead Murray State and Wayland Baptist by two shots. The Stars stood in front of a field including seven top 25-ranked teams – No. 1 OCU, fourth-ranked defending national champion Grand View (Iowa), No. 5 Johnson & Wales (Fla.), sixth-rated William Woods (Mo.), seventh-ranked Wayland Baptist, 12th-ranked Northwestern Ohio and 18th-ranked Mount Mercy (Iowa).
Castille turned in a 68 to go with a tournament-high six birdies. Kaminski and Mendoza each had a 69. Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, drained five birdies, while Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., knocked in four birdies.
OCU’s David Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, added a 75, and Gaston Romero, a freshman from Argentina, carded a 79. Stars playing as individuals were Chris Winkel (71) and Niccolo Nespoli (80).