Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate: East Tennessee State leads after Round One
Algot Kleen (ETSU Athletics Photo)
Algot Kleen (ETSU Athletics Photo)

It has been a great start to the season for the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.

A few days after winning at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, ETSU sits atop the leaderboard after Friday's first round at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

ETSU sits at 13-under, three shots clear of Virginia, who sit at 10-under.

Wake Forest is in third place at 7-under, Tennessee and Texas A&M are T4 at 6-under.

Overall, ETSU registered a tournament-best 23 birdies on Friday while also pacing the field in par-4 and par-5 scoring. ETSU played the par-4s at 7-under and the par-5s at 11-under.

In the individual competition, Algot Kleen of ETSU and Paul Chang of Virginia are tied for the lead after rounds of 5-under 67.

Conor Gough of Charlotte, Mats Ege of ETSU, Kelly Chinn of Duke and Omar Morales of UCLA are all T3 after rounds of 4-under 68.

ETSU started out on the back nine on Friday, and Kleen totaled four birdies, four pars, and a bogey before making the turn. From there, Kleen picked up three more birdies over his last nine holes to finish with a 5-under 67.

Ege, who earned medalist honors at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, got hot late to skyrocket up the leaderboard. Ege birdied his last three holes and four of his last five to move into a tie for third at 4-under 68.

The reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year was one-over through his first five holes but played the final 13 holes at five-under.

Results: Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate
T1MexicoOmar MoralesMexico70068-68-69=205
T1SwedenAlgot KleenSweden70067-68-70=205
T3AZMahanth ChirravuriChandler, AZ40070-66-71=207
T3EnglandConor GoughEngland40068-67-72=207
T5CTBen JamesMilford, CT40070-73-65=208

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The United States Collegiate Championship, hosted by Georgia Tech, annually brings 15 of the nation's top college teams to The Golf Club of Georgia for a three-day, 54-hole tournament that has been called "the Masters of college golf.” Started in 2006, the USCC offers PGA Tour-type, championship conditions for the nation's finest college players, including a personal caddie for all three rounds. Long pants are required and galleries are able to walk in the fairways behind the players, similar to the Walker Cup. The USCC crowns a Team Champion and Individual Champion and honors them on the perpetual mahogany, gold and crystal USCC Trophy, which sits in The Golf Club of Georgia lobby.

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