(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's golf team, ranked seventh nationally, competed in the opening day of the two-day, 54-hole Gordin Collegiate Classic on Monday. After shooting a 36-hole score of 12-over par 588 (290-298), the Tartans are currently tied for 11th out of 15 teams. The event is being played at par 72, 7,098-yard, Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University since 1991, the Gordin Collegiate Classic annually matches some of the best NCAA Division III teams, featuring most if not all of the top 10 finishers from the previous spring's NCAA Division III championship tournament.
Illinois Wesleyan, defending national champion, leads the field with a 562 (285-277) while Huntingdon College, nationally ranked third sits three strokes behind with a 565 (285-280) followed by Emory University, who is ranked as the nation's top team, with a 568 (290-278).
Junior Jason Li (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) carded back-to-back round of even par 72 and currently is tied for 23rd individually in a field of 75 golfers with a 144.
Sophomore William Knauth (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) sits two strokes behind Li with a 146. In the opening round, Knauth's first round of the season, the sophomore carded even par and then followed with a two-over par 74 in the afternoon.
Freshman Raymond Li (Del Mar, Calif.) opened paly with a one-over par 73 and then entered the clubhouse with a 76 after round two for a 149. Sophomore Joshua Lim (San Francisco, Calif./Lowell) shot a 151 after firing rounds of 75 and 76. Junior Jay Milch (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) also finished play Monday with a 151 after carding rounds of one-over par 73 and 78.
The final round is set to start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and will be a shotgun start.