AWENDAW, S.C. – Charleston Southern juniors Jake Ezell and Art Griffin carded even-par 72's to lead the Bucs in Sunday's opening round at The Hootie at Bulls Bay. CSU is 14th as a team in an elite field featuring ten top-50 programs.
David Eller added a 73 and Austin James and Jacques Wilson each recorded 75's as the Bucs played solid golf to finish at +4. Ezell and Griffin are tied for 35th place in the field of 81 players with still 36 more holes remaining.
Georgia State turned in an 11-under 277 to take the day one clubhouse lead. South Carolina, the defending champion, is two strokes behind. No. 9 Virginia is four shots backs. Twelve teams are level par or better. South Carolina's Keenan Huskey and Ole Miss's Braden Thornberry are tied for the individual lead at -6.
Ezell, coming off a tie for 15th two weeks ago at the General Hackler Championship, continues to pace Director of Golf Todd Selders' squad. He was even par on both sides and highlighted his day with two birdies on the back nine.
Griffin, making his second start since returning from injury, played the front nine in one-under par. He closed his day with a birdie at the par-four ninth.
Eller, a senior, was also one-under on the front nine. The local product birdied a pair of par-five's and dropped in another on the ninth hole.
CSU is slated to tee off round two on the 10th hole Monday, starting at 10:40 a.m. The Bucs will play alongside College of Charleston and Wisconsin.