James at even par, Bucs in 15th, after day one of The Invitational at The Ocean Course

James at even par, Bucs in 15th, after day one of The Invitational at The Ocean Course

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Austin James sits in a tie for 36th place after 36 holes of play at The Invitational at The Ocean Course. CSU is 15th in the field with a team total of 12-over par 588 entering Tuesday's final round.

Day 1 Team Results

Day 1 Individual Results

Middle Tennessee State overtook Georgia State late in the day to move into the lead at an impressive 20-under par. Georgia State is three strokes back, while Ole Miss and Augusta are five behind in a field featuring six top-75 programs from last spring's final Golfstat rankings. Georgia State's Alexander Hermann and Augusta's Jake Marriott are tied for the individual lead at 10-under par. Both fired first-round 66's, the lowest efforts of the day.

James was near the top of the leaderboard after the morning 18 thanks to a sterling four-under par 68. The reigning Big South Player of the Year posted six birdies and 11 pars outside of a double-bogey seven at the par-5 11th. James was at even par through 13 holes before rolling in four straight birdie putts at 17, 18, 1 and 2. The afternoon was not as favorable for James as he managed only one birdie during a four-over 76.

Coupled with a one-under tally from junior R.J. Keur and a 1-over effort from classmate Jake Ezell, CSU was +2 as a team and near the middle of the pack halfway through. Derrick Villarreal's one-under 71 was the highlight of a difficult afternoon for the Bucs. Villarreal had six birdies, including one stretch of four of six holes on the front nine.

Keur was inside the top-30 of the field before bogey at 16, 17 and 18 dropped him into a tie for 47th. Villarreall is tied for 64th at 5-over, Ezell tied for 72nd at 7-over and Kansas transfer Jacques Wilson tied for 81st at 12-over.

CSU is still within striking distance of the field's top-10. Troy and Winthrop recorded 3-over team totals on day one, nine shots ahead of the Bucs.

Final round play at The Ocean Course begins Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. 

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