By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – (Day One Combined Results | Day Two Pairings | Schedule) Coastal Georgia closed day one atop a leaderboard that featured five teams at even-par or better at the 2014 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships. The 63rd annual event is being played out on the Jones Course at LPGA International Golf Club.
The Mariners, who received an at-large berth into the national championship field after finishing second at the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships, had three of their four scoring individuals shoot 70 on the day en route to a 3-under-par 285. The trio of Allen Bradford, Hunter Cornelius and Dylan Freeman led the charge for Coastal Georgia with a combined 10 birdies on the day. Bradford was the lone Mariner to go without a bogey.
Faulkner (Ala.) and Grand View (Iowa) ended the day one-stroke behind the leader with a 2-under-par 286. The Eagles were led by Daniel Jansen’s 2-under 70, while the Vikings had three individuals finish under par, including co-leader Jay Monahan’s 69.
Rounding out the top five after 18 holes is two-time defending national champion Oklahoma City at 1-under-par (287) and Concordia (Ore.) at even (288).
Individually, Concordia’s Jess Wingett was the surprise of the day. The junior Valleyford, Wash., native shot a career-best 3-under-par 69 with birdies coming on holes No. 1, 3, 12, 13 and 16. Wingett, who is playing in Concordia’s No. 5 position and is tied with Monahan for the individual title, entered the event with an average round score of 75.4.
Overall, 36 individuals ended the day at even par or better.
The start times rotate on day two with Faulkner, Bethany (Kan.) and Midland (Neb.) on No. 1 at 7:50 a.m., while Cal State San Marcos, Thomas (Ga.) and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) are on No. 10 at 7:30 a.m. Wayland Baptist (Texas), Webber International (Fla.) and Indiana Wesleyan begin round two afternoon action at No. 10 at 12 p.m. Tyler Falk of Northwest Christian (Ore.), Matthew Latham of St. Andrews (N.C.) and Jorge Benitez of Davenport (Mich.) will lead the afternoon competitors off No. 1 30 minutes later.
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