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Men's Golf Grabs First Round Lead Against Strong Field at Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe Invitational

Men's Golf Grabs First Round Lead Against Strong Field at Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe Invitational

Bornhorst Tied for Third After Firing 2-under 70 in Opening Round

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.—The Babson College men's golf team shot a season-best 291 and sits atop the leaderboard at 3-over par after the opening round of the Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe University Invitational at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club on Monday.

The Beavers own a one-shot advantage over Maryville (Tenn.) College and Hampden-Sydney College, who are tied for second at 4-over 292. No. 15 Greensboro College, 16th-ranked California Lutheran University, Birmingham Southern College and York (Pa.) College are in a four-way tie for fourth place at 10-over 298 just seven strokes off the lead.

Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) had the low round of the day for the Green and White, posting a season-low 2-under par 70 to grab a share of third place on the individual leaderboard. After making back-to-back bogeys to drop to 2-over through 10 holes, he pared his 11th hole of the day and then ripped off four straight birdies to finish just three shots off the lead of Oglethorpe's Jacob Arnett.

First-years Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) and Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) both finished at 1-over par 73 and are tied for 15th position. Gesner made three birdies over the first eight holes to post the low round of his young career, while Gianelos made four birdies, which includes two in his final three holes.

Sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) is tied for 36th position after carding a 3-over 75 in the opening round. He made consecutive birdies early on his back nine to get back to 1-over, but gave a pair of shots back with a late double bogey.

Senior Benjamin Crawford (Houston, Texas), who made his first appearance since tying for 28th at Trinity back on September 8-9, shot a 7-over 79 on Monday. He is tied for a share of 65th position at the midway point of the event.

Babson returns to Royal Lakes for final round play beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

• The Beavers, who are making their first appearance at Oglethorpe's event, owns the first round lead for the first time in four tournaments this fall.
• Babson's opening round 291 is its lowest team score on the first day of a tournament since posting 286 at the 2017 NECC Championship.
• The 19-team field features five teams currently ranked in the GCAA Top 25 and five others that are receving votes in the national poll.