Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate: East Tennessee State leads after Round One
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.
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.
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