ALEXANDRIA, Minn.- Men's golf is looking up at the field after day one at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championships. But Ben Majerle made a big piece of North Central golf history with an ace on the seventh hole.
Freshman Kaleb Smith (Kijabe, Kenya/Rift Valley Academy) and sophomore Justin Johnson (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville) are part of a cluster of eight players tied for 23rd place with an 85 (+13). Sophomore Hunter Costello (Tomah, Wis./Tomah) is back in 42nd with a round of 94. Freshmen Ben Majerle (Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls) and Taylor Marshall (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) are tied for 43rd with a 99.
Ben Majerle made North Central history on Thursday by carding the first hole-in-one during a competition. Majerle registered his ace on the seventh hole that features a green shaped like an outline of the state of Minnesota. The 186 yard, par three is considered one of the more challenging holes on the course.
North Central is currently in ninth place heading into tomorrow's 11 a.m. second round tee times. The University of Northwestern (St. Paul, Minn.) is currently leading the team scoring. There is a three-way tie for first place on the individual leaderboard at 76 (+4).