Burghardt leads FMU on day one of ECU Intercollegiate

Burghardt leads FMU on day one of ECU Intercollegiate

GREENVILLE, NC – Sophomore John Burghardt shot rounds of 76 and 75 on Monday (Mar. 4) to lead the Francis Marion University squad as the Patriots sit in 10th place after the first day of the ECU Intercollegiate Men's Golf Tournament hosted by East Carolina University.

Darkness forced play to be suspended before the second round could be completed. Four schools will complete their second round before the final round commences on Tuesday morning.

The 54-hole event is being played on the 6,755-yard, par-72 Brook Valley Country Club course.

Campbell University and Jacksonville University sit three and four strokes, respectively, ahead of Western Kentucky University, who led the field after round one with a 291 team score. Campbell and Jacksonville are both among the schools who were unable to complete 36 holes. Western Kentucky leads among those who finished both rounds with a team total of 585.

Francis Marion tallied an opening-round 311 team score and was 11th heading into the afternoon, then posted a 304 second-round team score to surpass Navy and move into 10th.

With his 151 total, Burghardt is tied for 29th in the players' standings heading into Tuesday. Patriot freshman Grant Sellers (78-74=152) is tied for 35th, while redshirt freshman McClure Thompson (79-76=155) is tied for 46th, freshman Pierre De Caevel (78-79=157) is 58th, and senior Lars Sandvoll (80-82=162) is tied for 64th.

Sellers' second-round 74 was the lowest round of the day for Francis Marion. The McBee native was two-under-par for the round through 11 holes. Sellers and Thompson paced the Patriots with four birdies apiece.

Michael Sakane of Jacksonville tops the players' standings at four-under-par, with two holes remaining in his second round. WKU's Billy Tom Sargent sits two strokes back, and is the leader among those who finished 36 holes on Monday. Only four players in the 70-player field finished at or below par for the day.