KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern junior R.J. Keur recorded an even-par round of 72 to pace the Bucs on day one of the East Bay Deli Classic at Turtle Point Golf Club. CSU sits in a tie for 15th place among a tightly packed field with 19 of the 22 teams within 20 strokes of the lead.
Second round play begins Monday at 10 a.m. with another shotgun start. Tennessee was the only team to shoot under par (-3, 285) on Sunday. The Volunteers are three shots in front of Augusta, five ahead of Lipscomb and nine clear of a group of three teams tied for fourth place. Tennessee's Jack Smith compiled a four-under par 68 and is the individual leader. Jacksonville State's Pablo Torres is one shot back.
Keur is tied for 13th place and only four strokes off the pace. He continued a strong fall by piecing together a two-under front nine, his second nine of the day. Keur birdied the par-five second and par-four third and added seven pars to rebound from a stretch of three bogeys in six holes on the back.
Jacques Wilson and Jake Ezell are tied for 44th following three-over 75's. Wilson posted four birdies, going back-to-back on the first and second holes to start the front side in strong fashion. Ezell notched birdies of three of Turtle Point's four par-five's.
Austin James' 80 was CSU's other counted score. He had birdies on a pair of par-five's as well, doing so on numbers two and five.
CSU will tee off on holes 10, 11 and 12 on Monday morning. The Bucs will play alongside Nebraska, Rutgers and Wofford.