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DESTIN, FLA.—Central College sophomore David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) made his NCAA Division III men’s golf championship debut by carding a 2-over-par 73 to lead the Dutch to 18th in the 41-team field after the opening round.
Central turned in a 306 on the par-71, 6,636-yard Links Course at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Methodist University (N.C.) leads with a 2-over 290, followed by Transylvania (Ky.) at 4-over 288 and the Univ. at Texas-Tyler at 5-over 293.
Watson is tied for 21st in the individual standings. Methodist’s Jeff Wells leads the medalist race with 3-under 69 and St. John’s (Minn.) Dennis Granath is second with 2-under 69.
“David played well and took a birdie on his last hole to finish 2-over,” coach Chad Green said. “That’s a good score on a tough course.”
Justin Livingston (senior, Winterset) and Jared Nepomuceno (freshman, Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) are both tied for 72nd with 77. Adam Squires (sophomore, Waterloo, Columbus HS) and Desmond Stoll (sophomore, Lockport, N.Y.) are each tied for 107th, carding 79.
“We swung the clubs well and played 17 holes really well, but did not finish well,” Green said.
Stoll also showed poise in his first time on the national stage.
“Desmond played well and was 4-over after 17 holes but was hurt by a quad on the 18th,” Green said.
The Dutch, making their 32nd NCAA tourney appearance, tackle the par-72, 6,854-yard Raven course Wednesday. The field will then be cut to 15 teams and the top six individuals for the final 36 holes Thursday and Friday.
“We’re on the cut line right now,” Green said. “We need to go out tomorrow and play our way, put up five good scores and see where it gets us.”