FROM STAFF REPORTS
Lincoln Memorial's women and men are in the driver's seat after the opening day of the Tusculum College Golf Classic at Link Hills Country Club.
LMU's women shot an opening day 308 and holds a three-shot lead over Tusculum and UNC Pembroke following first round action Monday. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will conclude today.
The Railsplitters were led by Brittany McCown as she posted an even par 72 and leads by two shots over UNC Pembroke's Laura Bird, who is playing as an individual competitor.
Tusculum and UNC Pembroke are tied for second after firing identical rounds of 311. Wingate is fourth with 319, followed by Catawba (323), North Greenville (325), Converse (325), King (337), Spartanburg Methodist (377), Mars Hill (381) and Brevard (389).
Individually, Wingate's Lucia Careaga and UNCP's Meghan Moore are tied for third with 75, while Tusculum's Jillian Corum and Anna Padgett each fired 76 and are tied for fifth place. TC's Emee Herbert posted a 77 and is in a three-way for seventh place with Leslie Long and Shauna Walor. Tusculum's Sara Howard is also in a three-way tie for 10th place at 78, along with Brandy Van Etten (LMU) and Elizabeth Hall (Converse).
McCown's 72 is just one shot off the 1st day record of 71, posted by Tusculum's Shannon Palenkas during the 2006 inaugural event.
Individually for the Tusculum women, Alec Cunningham is tied for 18th place with a round of 80, while rookie Calley Lawson is 44th following her 90. Freshman Kelly Horrell is in 36th place with 85, playing as an individual competitor.
LMU MEN LEAD, TOO
Lincoln Memorial's Jamie Chapman and Connor Froning each fired a four-under par 67 to take the first round lead at the Tusculum Fall Classic.
LMU has the first round lead with a one-under par 283 and leads by six shots over Lenoir-Rhyne and nine strokes over Tusculum and UNC Pembroke, who are tied for third with 292.
Tennessee Wesleyan is fifth with 294, while Catawba and Walters State are tied for sixth place with 299. Chapman is the defending medalist of this event as he posted a 34 on his first nine holes and followed with 33 on his inward nine. UNC Pembroke's Parker Houston is in third place with 68 (-3), while John White of Lenoir-Rhyne is in sole possession of fourth place with 69 (-2).
Josh Wheeler (Tennessee Wesleyan) and Joshua Hopwood (North Greenville) are tied for fifth place with 71, while there is six-player logjam in seventh place at 72, including Tusculum's Nick York and Dakota Norton.
Representing TC Black in seventh place are Derek Cantrell and Leif Ratliff, while Zane Price (Spartanburg Methodist) and Zach Burket (Lenoir-Rhyne) round out the scoring in the top 10.
Tusculum's Nick Forsberg is tied for 13th place with 73, while Coleman Glick (75) and Warren Cheney (77) are tied for 30th and 45th, respectively.
TC senior David Talley posted a 76, tied for 38th place.