Murphy, NCU Top Leader Board After Day One of UMAC Championship
BREEZY POINT, Minn.-- North Central University Men's Golf rallied from two strokes back through nine holes to take a 10 stroke lead after the first round of the 2012 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championships. A cold and windy day that included freezing drizzle raised scores throughout the standings but Taylor Murphy and Brady Ohman sit in first and second place after the first 18 on the Deacons Lodge Golf Course.
Junior Taylor Murphy (Princeton, Minn./Princeton) was the only player in the field to break 80 on a blustery and difficult day on a challenging professional level course. His 79 is two strokes up on a pair of players tied for second at 81 which includes NCU freshman Brady Ohman (Grand Forks, N.D.).
The Rams were the only team to have their top four under 90 in the challenging conditions and that success allowed them to shoot a 337 which is 10 strokes up on the second place team from Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, Minn.)
Senior Daniel Johnson (Grand Forks, N.D./Homeschool) came to the clubhouse after day one with an 88 to join a three-way tie for eighth place. Freshman Colin Blonski (Sartell, Minn./Sartell) was a stroke back at 89 which tied him for 11th place.
Senior Nathan Roeder (Hudson, Wis.) was the Rams fifth man and he shot a 91 on the day which was the best fifth player score by four strokes and gives NCU confidence that each player is doing their part to try and win a fourth straight UMAC Championship.
Teams begin day two tee times at Deacons Lodge at 11:02 a.m. today. The field will play 18 holes today and another 18 holes tomorrow to help decide the 2012 UMAC Championship. The winner will receive an automatic berth in the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship.