DEFIANCE, Ohio – Graham Sherard fired an Earlham College record 72 and the Quakers set a new team single round record in the process on their way to a tie for fourth place after Saturday's first round of the Defiance Spring Invitational at the Eagle Rock Golf Club.
Earlham carded a 300 (+20) in the first round on the par 70, 6,140-yard Eagle Rock course, and the Quakers finished the day tied with Ohio Northern. Both squads trailed third place Hanover College (297, +17) by three stroke, and were only five strokes behind second place Transylvania (295, +15).
Mount St. Joseph completed the round atop the leaderboard with a six-over 286.
Sherard was tied for eighth overall through 18 holes, and was in a group of five golfers who carded a two-over in Saturday's opening round.
Brevin Smith, Patrick Wright, and Quaker individual Nate Mynatt were also among the top 20 after Saturday's round; all three were tied for 19th with a five-over 75. Garrett Schuler was tied for 54th after shooting an eight-over 78, while Matt Truex rounded out the list of Earlham scorers with his round of 84 (+14). Individuals Josh Maclin and Jared Birr were tied for 86th overall with rounds of 83 (+13).
Ohio Northern's Zach Goodchild was leading the event through 18 holes with a three-under 67. He had a two stroke lead over Mount St. Joseph's Mikel Merker, and was three shots ahead of Transy's Jack Berger and Mount St. Joseph's Kevin Imhulse at even-par 70.
The Defiance Spring Invitational concludes on Sunday at Eagle Rock Golf Club with a second round of 18 holes.
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