CHANDLER, Ariz. (April 22, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's golf team shot eight-under on day one of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships to sit tied for second and four strokes back of the 54-hole tournament in Chandler, Arizona at the Ocotillo Golf Resort.
The ThunderWolves got out to a hot start with seven birdies and just three bogeys through nine holes to sit four-under. The Pack had a few more bogeys on the back nine, but the five golfers totaled 11 birdies to score another -4 nine and finish with an eight-under 276. CSU-Pueblo is tied with No. 32 Colorado School of Mines and trails Regis University by four strokes. The Pack gathered 59 pars, which was the second most in the field on day one, while their even efforts on Par 3's was tied for the best among the eight teams.
The ThunderWolves got the best production from their top two golfers, as Neil Tillman (Sr., Arvada, Colo.) and Fraser Hughes (Jr., Newton Stewart, Scotland) both carded a 67 to sit four-under and tied for third in the field of 45 players. Both golfers ended up with their 67 by totaling five birdies and committing just one bogey. The five birdies tied for the second most in the field, while Tillman tied for the lead in Par 4 scoring at -4 and Hughes was tied for third in Par 5's at -2.
The freshmen played their first RMAC Championship round even, as Nathan McCann (Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland) and Sam Barthram (Weybridge, Surrey, UK) posted 71's to rank tied for 14th. McCann played the Par 3's two-under to tie for the best performance on day one, while Barthram's 14 pars tied for the second most in the field.
Finally, Roy Carlsen (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) shot a 75 (+4), but played the Par 5's two-under. He recorded the lone double bogey for the team Sunday, which proved to be the difference in his round that included three birdies.
The tournament will see 18 holes played over three days Sunday-Tuesday with the team and individual champion being crowned on stroke play. The winner of the RMAC Championship will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA regional. Monday's round for the ThunderWolves begins with the first tee time at 10:06 AM MDT.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.