FINDLAY, Ohio — The final four holes of the day proved daunting to the Southeastern Oklahoma State golf team as it combined to post 10-over-par scores and just two birdies on those holes and finished the first day of the Central/Midwest Regional with a 300 in a tie for 13th place.
The Savage Storm will again play with Harding and Bellarmine on Day 2, but will flip and tee off beginning at 8:20 a.m. on the first hole.
Tiffin leads the tourney after day one with a 281, followed by Indianapolis at 287, Bellarmine at 289, Missouri-St. Louis at 290 and Harding at 291.
The top five teams at the conclusion of the three-day tournament advance to the national championship tournament.
Zach James paced Southeastern with a 74, carding a pair of birdies to offset a pair of bogeys, but was bitten by a double-bogey on the 18th hole and is tied for 32nd.
Hayden Foster and Ryan Woods each came in with three-over scores of 75 and are tied for 43rd, with Foster posting four birdies and an eagle opposite seven bogeys and a double-bogey while Woods stayed closer to par throughout the day with a pair of birdies and five bogeys.
Jordan Holifield followed with a pair of birdies and six bogeys to card a four-over 76 and is tied for 60th.
Sam Berry rounded out the Storm competitors with a seven-over 79 that included a birdie and seven over par scores on his way to a tie for 95th.
James up for honor
James continues to rake in the honors as he was named a semifinalist for the Division II Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol.
Division II finalists for the award will be named May 17, with the Nicklaus Award recipients being announced May 31 with the honor presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky.
The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy.
James, a junior from Whitesboro, was just named Southeastern’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete on the heels of an individual Great American Conference title, a GAC Golfer of the Year nod and a first team all-conference selection.
His 2017-18 honors continue to add to a resume that already features a GAC Newcomer of the Year award as well as two previous all-conference honors.
He was a five-time GAC Golfer of the Week during the 2017-18 season and boasts a 70.69 average score over 29 rounds in 11 tournament played this season. He has turned in 20 rounds at par of better, nine of them in the 60s with three tournament victories, including a GAC crown, and a finish of sixth of better in every event of the season.
He is the only GAC golfer to make the semifinalist list and was one of two in the Central region to earn the honor.