KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Art Griffin sits in a tie for first place through 18 holes of the East Bay Deli Classic at Turtle Point Golf Club. Griffin carded an impressive even-par 72 on Sunday, battling consistent winds of 20-25 miles per hour.
Tennessee, the event's defending champion, recorded a ten-over total of 298 to pace the 15-team field on day one. Rutgers is in second place, trailing by just six strokes. The Scarlet Knights' Adam Gray joined Griffin as the only competitors in the 93-player field to achieve level par. Four players, including two from Tennessee, are a shot back at +1 entering Monday's second round.
Windy and increasingly chilly conditions as the day wore on made for a long, difficult opening round. Griffin was up to the challenge, rolling in four birdies, including three on the back nine to come in at one-under 35. He birdied the par-five tenth and the par-three 14th before adding another into the wind at the challenging par-four 17th. Griffin was steady on the front side, managing a birdie at No. 5 to go along with six pars.
CSU is in 15th as a team, and trails 14th-place Stetson by 13 shots. Dylan Patscot (T-49th), who has played well for coach Jason Payne's Bucs this fall, contributed an 82 for CSU's second best score of the day. Elliot Gothe (T-74th) played the front at +5 but struggled on the back side en route to an 86. Derrick Villarreal (92nd) rounded out the lineup for CSU.
Round two tee times start Monday at 9 a.m. for the bottom five teams in the field. Teams one through ten are slated to begin play at 8:30. The 54-hole event will conclude with final round action Tuesday.