Harmony, Fla. – Led by sophomore Dustin Dingus, the Stetson men’s golf team got off to a strong start on Monday at the Harmony Golf Preserve Intercollegiate.
The Hatters are six shots off the lead following an opening round score of 289. Northwood leads the five-team field after an opening round score of 283. Florida Gulf Coast is just one hot in front of Stetson after an even par 288 in the first round.
Dingus is one of four players tied for second after posting a two-under par round of 70 on Monday. His round included four birdies and four bogeys and was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 14th hole.
Blake Biggs of Florida Gulf Coast leads the tournament after an opening round score of 69 that included just one bogey on a nearly flawless trip around the par 72, 6,977 yard layout. Biggs had consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to take the individual lead.
Dingus is tied for second in a group that includes Adam Andreasson and Louis Hirst of Northwood University along with Lucas Trim of Villanova.
Stetson sophomore David Torres is also in the title hunt after his opening round score of one-under par 71 has him tied with a group of four other players for sixth place. Torres posted five birdies and four bogeys during his opening round of play.
Junior Matt Taylor also had a solid opening round, but ran into trouble on the last hole. He was at one-under par with four birdies and three bogeys until closing with a double bogey on 18 to finish at one over par 73. He is in a group of players tied for 12th overall in the field.
Like Taylor, freshman Zach Stark had a good round going until he reached the final hole. He was one-over par with three bogeys and two birdies before closing with a double bogey on 18 to finish at three-over par for the day. He is tied for 20th.
Sophomore Andrew Peterson bounced back from a rough first nine that left him at four over par at the turn. He had three birdies on the back nine, but had his second double on the par 3 12th hole and finished the round with a three-over par score of 75. He is also tied for 20th.
Freshman Eliott Azoulay had an up and down front nine that included two birdies, three bogeys and a triple on the par 3 third hole. Things settled down on the back for him as he played even par golf to finish the day with a four over par 76. He is tied for 24th.
Play continues today with the second round. Follow live scoring for the tournament on Golfstat.com.