The Spring Hill College men's golf team could not hold a 6-stroke lead after Day 1 of the annual Spring Hill Badger Invitational and fell to 2nd place out of five teams as William Carey rallied to take an 11-stroke victory.
Over two rounds of play, SHC shot combined scores of 297 and 317 for a final card of 614 (+38) while WCU shot scores of 303 and 300 for a final score of 603 (+27) across the 6665-yard, par-72 course.
Junior Joseph Webster of Trussville, Ala., closed with a +1 score of 145 (70, 75) for 2nd place while Carey's Nic Ishee finished even par at 144 with rounds of 73 and 71 for the individual title.
Junior Nathan Ceille of Hales Corners, Wis., finished in 6th place with scores of 71 and 82 (153, +9) and freshman Jordan Portal of Miami, Fla., carded a 158 (77, 81, +14) to tie teammate sophomore Phillip Dugan of Lake Forest, Ill., (79, 79) for 12th place.
Junior Scott Shields of Atlanta, Ga., closed out the Badger team scoring with a +19 score of 163 (79, 84).
Individually for the Badgers, freshman Robert Bo Cox of Gardendale, Ala., finished in 7th place out of 31 competitors with a score of 154 (79, 75, +10). Sophomore Spencer Lane of St. Louis, Mo., placed 11th with a +12 final score of 156 (75, 81) and sophomore Rickie Lee tied Portal and Dugan for 12th place with a 158 (77, 81) while senior Wyatt Esteves of New Orleans, La., was 22nd with a tally of 162 (80, 82, +18).
Junior Chris Cartmill of Chesterfield, Mo., was 26th with a +20 card of 164 (86, 78) and senior J.D. Sabio from St. Louis closed the day with a +24 mark of 168 (88, 80).
The Badgers will next play at the Lou Hart Invitational at Northwood Country Club in Meridian, Miss.