By Adam Bagni

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. ---- The top-ranked Huntingdon men’s golf team carded an opening-round score of 297 on Friday and is currently in fourth place at the Jekyll Island Invitational, being played on the par 72, 6,521 yard Oleander Course of the Jekyll Island Golf Course.

Host Oglethorpe leads the 27-team field after posting a 292 in the opening round, while Illinois Wesleyan and Methodist are tied for second at 296. Trinity rounds out the top five teams, four strokes behind Huntingdon at 301.

Freshman Mack Duke paced the Hawks with a one-over par 73 and is tied for sixth in the field. Duke is only three shots off the lead, held by Olafur Lotftsson from Oglethorpe.

Junior Cody Causey and sophomore J.P. Kircher were also able to manage the windy conditions, as each carded a 74 in the first round and are tied for 12th.

Sophomore Chase Rogers posted a four-over par 76 and is tied for 31st, while fellow sophomore Chase Blaich rounded out the scoring with a 77. Blaich is tied for 40th.

A three-round tournament, the Jekyll Island Invitational will continue on Saturday with 18 holes on the Oleander Couse.


1. Oglethorpe – 292

t-2. Ill. Wesleyan – 296

t-2. Methodist – 296

4. Huntingdon – 297

t-6. Mack Duke - 73

t-12. J.P Kircher – 74

t-12. Cody Causey – 74

t-31. Chase Rogers – 76

t-40. Chase Blaich -77

5. Trinity – 301

6. Greensboro – 302

7. Christopher Newport – 303

8. Piedmont – 305

9. Bridgewater – 306

10. Transylvania - 308

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