TEXARKANA, Ark. — Stuart Easton finished Sunday’s first day of competition within the top 10 to lead the WKU men’s golf team at the 2017 Conference USA Championship.
Easton, a sophomore, fired an even-par 72 – including two birdies in his final three holes – and is tied for 10th at the par-72, 6,969-yard Texarkana Country Club.
The 13 teams competing will continue play in the four-day event Monday with another 18 holes of stroke play.
The Hilltoppers are tied for eighth after the first round with a 299 team total. North Texas leads at 283, while Charlotte’s Seth Gandy is the individual leader with a first-round 67.
WKU redshirt sophomore Billy Tom Sargent is also within striking distance in a tie for 13th following a 1-over 73 on Sunday. Sargent started 3 over on the back nine but rallied to go 2 over on the front.
Sophomore Blake Smith is tied for 27th following a 3-over 75. Redshirt freshman Linus Lo and freshman Kyle Jeffers carded a 79 and 85, respectively.
The Hilltoppers will begin teeing off at 8 a.m. CT Monday in the second round.
C-USA Championship First Day Results
T10. Stuart Easton (72)
T13. Billy Tom Sargent (73)
T27. Blake Smith (75)
T50. Linus Lo (79)
65. Kyle Jeffers (85)
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