Men’s golf turns in strong first round showing at Stateline Shootout

Garrett Schuler

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Earlham College sent five individuals as well as a five-person team to the Mount St. Joseph University Stateline Shootout, and the Quakers placed a total of five competitors among the top 20 following Saturday's first round.

The Earlham "A" squad of Garrett Schuler, Graham Sherard, Jared Stone, Nate Mynatt, and Matt Bushik were sitting in fourth place out of eight teams through 18 holes, after carding a 301 (+13) in Saturday's first round at the par 72, 6,954-yard Indian Ridge Golf Club course.

Schuler shot the best round of his collegiate career and tied an Earlham record for lowest score with a one-over 73, and finished the day tied for seventh overall. He birdied the par 5 9th and 18th holes, and also carded a birdie at the par 4 no. 1 hole.

Sherard and Mynatt were tied for 12th on the individual leaderboard with a three-over 75, while Bushik was tied for 22nd overall with a six-over 78.  Stone rounded out the Earlham "A" group with a seven-over 79, and was tied for 26th overall.

First year Kim Kang paced the individuals with a three-over 75 in the first round, and returned to the clubhouse tied with Sherard and Mynatt for 12th on the leaderboard. Patrick Wright also secured a top 20 finish to round one with a five-over 77.

Josh Maclin and Brandon Main each fired a six-over 78 and ended the round tied for 22nd overall, while Matt Truex was tied for 31st on the leaderboard with a 10-over 82.

Thomas More University and Hanover College share the lead at the Stateline Shootout, with each team carding a 291 (+3) through 18 holes. Mount St. Joseph is third with a 297 (+9), just four strokes ahead of Earlham. Franklin College (308, +20) trails the Quakers in fifth place.

Hanover golfers Austin Zapp (68, -4) and Charlie Bullerdick (70, -2) occupy the top two spots on the individual leaderboard.

The Stateline Shootout concludes on Sunday, Oct. 7, with tee times starting at 9:00 a.m.

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