KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern sophomore Connor Moore is tied for 8th place and the Bucs are in ninth through one round of The Ocean Course Invitational. Moore turned in a one-over par 73, highlighted by a one-under front nine.
SMU, at +1, leads the tightly bunched 14-team field. The Mustangs' Ollie Osborne and Maryland's Peter Knade are tied for the individual lead at -2. College of Charleston is three shots behind SMU, Maryland is five back and James Madison, Akron and Georgia Southern trail by six in a tie for fourth place.
Led by junior Brandon Smith, CSU was in the top half of the field for much of the day. Smith was tied for the outright through 12 holes at -3, but slid down the leaderboard after a quadruple bogey at the par-four 14th. Smith, who as the Bucs' top qualifier during the preseason, started his day with nine pars and three birdies before dropping several shots on the way in.
Moore, a member of last year's All-Big South Freshman Team, started his sophomore campaign in strong fashion. The Bluffton product played a clean front nine, going out at -1, and added birdies at No.'s 14 and 16 to stay within striking distance in the 81-player field.
Alan Smith (T-49th) bogeyed three of his first four holes but mostly settled down from there to help coach Jason Payne's Bucs. Smith birdied the par-four 10th as part of a one-over back nine.
CSU enters Monday's second round just five shots out of a tie for seventh between Ole Miss and High Point. The Bucs will play alongside the Rebels and Panthers and are scheduled to tee off No. 1 between 8 and 8:40 a.m.