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Vijay Jain opened with an even par 71
Vijay Jain opened with an even par 71

CMS Men's Golf in Seventh After First Round of NCAA Championships

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team got off to a solid start at the NCAA Division III Championships, standing in seventh place out of 43 teams after the first of four rounds on Tuesday.

The tournament is utlitizing two different courses in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, which makes comparing scores between teams somewhat less informative until they've both played a round on each course. CMS began play at the Las Colinas Course (a par-71) and shot a 295 to finish at +11. Carnegie Mellon, which played on the El Campeon Course (a par-72), leads the entire tournament at -1 after shooting a 287. 

Huntingdon scored a +3 to place second, and was the only team which played its opening round at Las Colinas to finish ahead of CMS. Methodist (+4) is in third, Emory and Hampden-Syndey (+8) tied for fourth, and Wittenberg (+10) in sixth after all played their first rounds on El Campeon.

Vijay Jain led the way for CMS on the individual leaderboard with an even-par 71 on the day, which ties him for seventh in the field out of 221 golfers. Jain picked up three birdies, including threes on the par-4 10th and 14th to move to -1 before settling for an even-par round. He is three shots off the lead, which is held by William Knauth of Carnegie Mellon, while three others are tied for second at -2 (Grant Gronka of Huntingdon, JF Aber of Wittenberg and Cooper Hrabak of Methodist). 

Will Parker and Vikram Chatterjee are in a tie for 37th place at +3 after opening up their tournament with 74s. Chatterjee's round included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to get him to -1, and two straight birdies on the 16th and 17th for a strong finish.

Parker also had four birdies on his round, including one on the par-3 second, one on the par-5 fifth, and then two on par-4s (12th and 14th) on the back nine. Mason Chiu was the fourth scorer on the day for CMS with a 76.

The Stags will switch venues and play on the El Campeon Course tomorrow for the second round, which gets started at 7:30 a.m.