Naglic And Madden Help Arkansas State To First-Round Lead
at White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Golf Invitational
October 28, 2022 (Paradise Island, Bahamas) – Luka Naglic and Jack Madden each posted 4-under-par 68s and their two teammates also had sub-par rounds, giving Arkansas State the first-round lead at the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Golf Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course. The Red Wolves team total of 14-under-par 274 is two strokes better than favored Duke and three strokes better than Stetson.
In addition to Naglic and Madden, the Red Wolves counted the 3 under 69s of Thomas Schmidt and Jack Maxey. But their lead could have been larger, as the Wolves were 18 under at one point before giving four strokes away on the closing holes.
“We won the first heat, but it’s a long three days,” said Madden, a senior from Ireland who is used to playing in blustery conditions like those at the Ocean Club Golf Course. “We’ve been playing pretty well, but we haven’t come together as a team. It’s a bonus when you get good scores all at the same time.” Still, Madden and the rest of the Wolves thought they could have been lower. “I drove the ball really well and only missed three greens. I just didn’t get any putts to drop.”
Naglic’s round was just the opposite. “I didn’t drive it well but made putts all day long until I finished with a bogey,” said the senior from Slovenia.
Duke, ranked No. 43 nationally, rallied to also have all four of its scorers under par in this five-count-four format over the 7,159-yard layout designed by major champion Tom Weiskopf. Ian Siebers and Luke Sample led the Blue Devils, each with 68s. The low round of the day was 66, shared by Ryan Dupuy of Southern Miss., Bret Gray of Sam Houston and Max Schliesing of UTEP, who had a bogey-free round punctuated by an eagle 3 on the par-5 13th hole.
Sam Houston and Southern Miss are tied in fourth place at 279 (-9), followed by Nebraska (280), ULM (282), VCU (285), Troy (286) UTEP (287), Texas State (291) and Delaware (301)
Viewed as one of the top collegiate events, this NCAA Invitational is among a handful of premier events held at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Most recently, the resort course hosted the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. This is the third year for the NCAA Invitational, first played in 2019 and again in 2021, with Houston and Mississippi the two past winners.
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1. Arkansas State, 274 (-14)
2. Duke, 276 (-12)
3. Stetson, 277 (-11)
T4. Sam Houston, 279 (-9)
T4. Southern Miss, 279 (-9)
6. Nebraska, 280 (-8)
7. ULM, 282 (-6)
8. VCU, 285 (-3)
9. Troy, 286 (-2)
10. UTEP, 287 (-1)
11. Texas State, 291 (+3)
12. Delaware, 301 (+13)
Top Player Scoring
T1. Ryan Dupuy (Southern Miss), 66 (-6)
T1. Bret Gray (Sam Houston), 66 (-6)
T1. Max Schliesing (UTEP), 66 (-6)
T4. Ugo Malcor (VCU), 67 (-5)
T4. Evan McDermott (Nebraska), 67 (-5)
T4. Melan Dhaubhadel (ULM), 67 (-5)
T7. Otto Van Buynder (ULM), 68 (-4)
T7. Luka Naglic (Arkansas State), 68 (-4)
T7. Ian Siebers (Duke), 68 (-4)
T7. Matt Gauntlett (Stetson), 68 (-4)
T7. Luke Sample (Duke), 68 (-4)
T7. Jack Madden (Arkansas State), 68 (-4)
T7. John Houchin (Stetson), 678 (-4)
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