The Stetson University men’s golf team struggled to an opening round score of 310 on Sunday at the Gary Freeman Invitational, hosted by Bethune Cookman.
Led by sophomore Dustin Dingus and senior Matt Taylor, who both posted opening round scores of four-over par 76, the Hatters are 19 shots behind the leading Wildcats after an opening round team score of 310.
Bethune-Cookman has an eight shot lead over the second place team from the U.S. Military Academy. The Wildcats opened with a three-over par team score of 291 while Army finished the first day with an 11-over par score of 299. Savannah State is third after a first round score of 301.
All five players from Bethune-Cookman earned spots in the individual top 10, including the Fricker brothers, who hold down the top two individual spots. Leon Fricker leads the tournament after a two-under par score of 70 on Sunday while brother Ryan is second after an even par round of 72 at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Ormand Beach.
Bethune’s Matthew McKnight is one of three players tied for third at one-over par 73.
Behind Dingus and Taylor, Stetson freshmen Eliott Azoulay and Dirk Kuehler are tied for 22nd after opening round scores of seven-over par 79. Freshman Zach Stark and sophomore David Torres are one shot further back after opening with scores of 80.Play will conclude in the 36 hole event on Monday morning with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.