Members of the Missouri State University-West Plains club golf team completed their first round of competition May 22, at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men's Golf Championships at the Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, Ala.
Team member Ben Knight of West Plains led the way for the Grizzlies, posting a 1-over-par 73 to finish in a tie for 18th place.
Thayer's Brett Ward finished the day four strokes over par at 76, and Layne Hawkins, also of Thayer, shot a round of 80. M.J. Clark, Thayer, and Jordan Slayton, Mountain Grove, each shot rounds of 83.
The first-round leader posted a 7-under-par score of 65.
Paul Knight, Ben's father, talked with the team's volunteer coach, Phil Wade, and said Wade was "very pleased" with his team's effort in the first round.
"There were some nerves showing up in some of the players, which affected their play on the early holes. But everyone eventually settled down and played pretty well," Knight reported.
Paul Knight said Wade expected his players would be more relaxed in the second round. "He's hoping they can trim their team score from 312 to 305-310 today (in the second round)," Knight said.
A total of 131 participants on 21 teams were entered in the event.
Although the Missouri State-West Plains club golf team is not officially affiliated with the NJCAA, members are allowed to compete as individuals in the four-day tournament.
See next week's South Missourian News for a wrap up of tournament play in the NJCAA Division II championship.