Senior Daniel Sayler's 86 was the low score of the day for the Fighting Hawks in the first round of the Big Sky Championship.
Brisk winds boost scores in Big Sky opener
Release: 04/28/2017
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Boulder City, Nev. -- Much like the women's golf teams endured here one week ago, the Big Sky men's teams took their turn dealing with brisk winds that elevated scores across the board in the opening round of the league's championship tournament at Boulder Creek Golf Club.

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) 
4. Hartford  309 (+21)
5. Binghamton 316 (+28)
6. Southern Utah     319 (+31)
7. Idaho  326 (+38)
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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