Thompson paces Patriots at the Intercollegiate at The Grove

Thompson paces Patriots at the Intercollegiate at The Grove

COLLEGE GROVE, TN – Francis Marion University sophomore McClure Thompson shot an even-par 72 to rank among the Top-10 and help lead Francis Marion University to a seventh-place standing, Sunday (Oct. 6) after the opening round of the Intercollegiate at The Grove Golf Tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.

The second round of the three-day event was postponed because of wet weather, reducing the tournament to 36 holes.  The final round will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday at the 7,368-yard, par-72 The Grove Club course.

The University of Tennessee sits atop the team standings with a 4-under par 284 score.  Lamar University and Troy University are tied for second at 292.  The Patriots carded a first-round 299 score, only three strokes out of the Top 5.

Thompson's round has him tied for 10th position in the players' standings, five strokes behind individual leader Hugo Hellman of Lamar University who fired a 67.

Juniors Jacob Morris and John Burghardt both shot 75 and are tied for 27th, while freshman Casper Kennedy is tied for 49th with a 77 scorecard, and sophomore Grant Sellers (80) is tied for 71st.  FMU junior Michael Rials is competing as an individual and also shot an 80.