(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's golf team, ranked 11th nationally, competed in the opening day of the two-day, 54-hole Gordin Collegiate Classic on Monday and currently are in third place out of 13 teams. The event is being played at par 72, 7,098-yard, Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. With 36 holes being played on Monday, the Tartans carded rounds of 289 and 290 for a 579.
Hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University since 1991, the Gordin Collegiate Classic annually matches 12 of the best NCAA Division III teams, featuring most if not all of the top 10 finishers from the previous spring's NCAA Division III championship tournament.
Illinois Wesleyan, ranked tied for fifth nationally, leads the field with a 563 (285-278) while Emory University, who is ranked as the nation's top team, sits two strokes ahead of the Tartans after firing a 577 (286-291).
Sophomore Jason Li (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) opened play with a two-under par 70 before entering the clubhouse with a one-under par 71 for round two. The sophomore is currently tied for fourth individually in a field of 70 golfers with a 141.
Sophomore Jason Folker (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) turned in a career-low round during the second 18 holes on Monday with a four-under par 68. Folker carded a 74 to open play and is currently tied for eighth with a 142.
Freshman Joshua Lim (San Francisco, Calif./Lowell) shot a 147 after firing rounds of even par 72 and 75. Freshman William Knauth (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) opend play with a 73 and then shot a 76 during the second round and has a 149. Sophomore Jay Milch (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) finished play Monday with a 157 after carding rounds of 76 and 81.
The final round is set to start with tee times at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.