Senior Daniel Sayler carded an 86 to turn in the low score of the day for the North Dakota men's golf team. Sophomore Jeremy Kirk was two strokes off that pace with an 88, while classmate Jordan Smith and junior Jack McClintock had their 89's count towards the team score of 352 (+64).
"I think the word most used to describe the wind by our guys was brutal," UND head coach Tim Swanson said. "You have to try to keep a level head, but sometimes you just have to laugh at the conditions, do your best to erase it from your memory and come back tomorrow and try again."
Smith led the team with two birdies and eight pars in his round as he was in the first group off the first tee at 7 a.m.
Weber State braved the elements the best among the eight-team field and holds a one-shot lead on Sacramento State. The Wildcats shot a 303 (+15), while the Hornets posted a 304 (+16). Northern Colorado sits in third following a 306 (+18).
The Wildcats' Kyle Dearden led the field with four birdies and shot an even-par 72. He shares the individual lead with Northern Colorado's Joshua Matz.
Big Sky Championship (Round One Results)
|1.||Weber State||303 (+15)|
|2.||Sacramento State||304 (+16)|
|3.||Northern Colorado||306 (+18)|
|6.||Southern Utah||319 (+31)|
|8.||North Dakota||352 (+64)|
UND Individuals (Round One Results)
|36.||Daniel Sayler||86 (+14)|
|37.||Jeremy Kirk||88 (+16)|
|t38.||Jack McClintock||89 (+17)|
|t38.||Jordan Smith||89 (+17)|
|40.||Patrick Traynor||92 (+20)|
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