CONOVER, N.C. - Carson-Newman junior Gavin Hay (Glasgow, Scotland) shot a 2-under par 70 and is tied for third and the Eagles are tied for ninth after the opening round of the 2012 NCAA D-II Men's Golf Southeast Super Regional, played Monday at the Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf Club.
Hay birdied the 16th and 18th holes to surge into the top three late in the day on Monday. The first team All-South Atlantic Conference selection fired a 34 on the back nine to crowded seven-way tie for third. He had five birdies in his round.
Hay, and steady play from sophomore Jonathan Kim-Moss (Ontario, Canada.), carried the Eagles in the opening round of the 54-hole event. Kim-Moss had three birdies and three bogeys in his even-par round of 72 and is in a nine-way tie for 10th.
C-N is tied for ninth with UNC Pembroke at 296 (+8).
Only nine strokes separate 15 teams in the middle of the field. The Sunshine State Conference is crowding the top of the field, led by Florida Tech, which leads at 2-under (286). Lynn University is second after an even-par 288. Eckerd College and Barry University are tied for seventh, one stroke ahead of the Eagles and Braves. SAC foe Wingate is 17th, eight places, but only three strokes behind the Eagles.
The top five teams in the 20-team field advance to next week's NCAA D-II Championships in Louisville, Ky.
Sophomore Michael Horenkamp gave the Eagles a solid third score with a 3-over 75. After an up-and-down start, he parred 13 of his last 15 holes.
Georgia Southwestern's J.P. Griffin leads the tournament after a 68 on Monday, two strokes ahead of the Eagles.