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Stormy Start
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 10/07/2013
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. --- In a loaded 16-team field at PGA National, California Baptist University sits ninth after a stormy first day of play at the Guy Harvey Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern.

Getting just one round of play in before a torrential downpour suspended play, CBU shot a 298 on Monday.

“I thought we played well on a challenging golf course except for a few errant tee shots,” said CBU Head Coach John Hackney. “Otherwise, we struck the ball well and putted really well. We dropped five strokes on the last few holes so that was tough, but we still have a shot if the weather cooperates and we can get all 54 holes finished tomorrow.”

The Lancers were led by Micah Machado’s even par 72, followed by Fredrik Hansson’s 73. Machado is currently tied for 10th and Hansson sits in a tie for 16th individually.

“Micah had an excellent round, with five birdies on the day” said Hackney. “Fredrik was solid all day. He put up 17 pars and just one bogey in the round.”

Neil Hand posted a 76 and Stephen Watson and Glenn Hakes each shot a 77 to round out the scoring for CBU.

“We started the second round really well, so hopefully we keep that going when we pick back up tomorrow,” said Hackney. “We’ve still got a shot in one of the best fields of the year. We just need to stay consistent.”

No. 23 Rollins leads the field after shooting a 286 in the opening round. No. 1 Barry sits second after a 290 and No. 2 Nova Southeastern is in third with a 291.

The field features a total of eight ranked teams and five of the Top 10 in NCAA Division II. CBU is currently ahead of two ranked teams and in the thick of a Top 10 separated by just 13 strokes with a little less than 30 holes to play.

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