Within striking distance

Within striking distance

McDaniel posts a round of 305 in the first round of NCAA Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greg Bowman (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) carded a career-low round of 70 lead McDaniel to a first-round score of 305 in the NCAA Division III men's golf championship at Grandover Resort on Tuesday.

Playing the longer of the two golf courses – the East Course – on the opening day of competition, the Green Terror combined to finish the day tied for 20th overall in the 40-team field. The entire field will play the second round on Wednesday before the field is cut to the top-15 teams.

McDaniel, which has come from behind to win three tournaments this year, find itself six strokes off the current cutline. Playing in ideal scoring conditions, 15 teams broke 300 in the opening round, led by co-leaders Olgethorpe and St. John's (Minn.), which both shot a 286 on the West Course. The West Course is playing more than 200 yards shorter during competition this week.

On the same day he was named all-region for the second straight year, Bowman recorded the second-lowest score of any Green Terror player this season. The junior is sitting tied for fifth place after 18 holes and was as low as three-under par during his round.

Bryan Johnson (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) posted a round of 77 while KJ Mazurek (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) carded a round of 78.

Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) finished his opening round with an 80 while Logan Connaughton (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) turned in a round of 83 as a freshman.

The Green Terror tees off the West Course for the second round on Wednesday at 7 a.m.