London, Ky. -- The Midway University men's golf team opened the fall portion of their season on Monday morning when they competed in the Bill Sergent Invitational hosted by Cumberlands (Ky.) at the Crooked Creek Golf Club in London, Kentucky.
The Eagles opened their season with a bang as they carded a 311 in the opening round to sit in second place overall in the nine team field. They lead Lawrence Tech (Mich.) by one stroke in third place and lead by four strokes over two schools in a tie for fourth.
Midway trails Mid-South Conference foe, Cumberland (Tenn.) – who leads the nine team field – by 12 strokes entering the second round on Tuesday. Cumberland had four players shoot in the 70's to finish with a 299.
Leading the way for the Eagles was freshman transfer, Cody French (Cox Creek, Ky.). French carded three birdies, three bogeys and 12 pars to shoot an even par, 72. He got off to a hot start at 2-under through six holes, but after having three bogeys in a six hole stretch, he responded with a birdie on the 15th hole – a par 3 – to finish at even par 72.
His 72 has him second place overall after the opening round. He trails Erik Hermanson of Union (Ky.) by one stroke entering the second round on Tuesday.
Up next for the Eagles was fellow freshman, Parker Monhollen (Lancaster, Ky.). In his first collegiate round of golf, Monhollen had jitters to start, but quickly got over them as he birdied three straight holes on the front nine to finish with a 75. He sits in a tie for seventh place overall.
Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles was junior, Josh Koester (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman, Corbin Kirksey (Monticello, Ky.). Koester shot an 8-over, 80, in the opening round, while Kirksey finished with an 84. Koester tied the team lead with 12 pars as Kirksey finished with nine.
The final two players in action for the Eagles was freshman, Issac Dick (Monticello, Ky.) and junior, Austin Mitchell (Louisville, Ky.). Dick is competing in the event as an individual and carded an 83, while Mitchell shot a 90 in the opening round.
The highlight of the round for Dick came on the sixth hole – a 511 yard par 5. The freshman chipped in for an eagle three. The eagle was one of three in the opening round.
Midway will look to make-up the 12 stroke deficit on Tuesday morning when the second round begins at 9:30 a.m. ET. Live scoring is available for the even and can be found by clicking here.
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