KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern junior Brandon Smith carded a two-over par 74 to lead the Bucs in Sunday's opening round of the East Bay Deli Classic at Turtle Point Golf Club. CSU is tied for tenth as a team after compiling after battling windy conditions to post a +13 composite score.
College of Charleston sits atop the 21-team leaderboard at -3. The Cougars lead Memphis by two shots and Jacksonville State, USC Upstate and Troy by four entering Monday's second round. Memphis's Isaiah Jackson rolled home nine birdies as part of a six-under 66 to take the individual lead. Three players are two off the pace.
CSU is tied with William & Mary and just five strokes behind Big South Conference rival Radford for seventh place. Teams six through 13 in the standings are separated by only 13 strokes.
Smith (T-26th), Brandon McBride (T-33rd) and Johnny Komara (T-33rd – playing as individual) contributed the best rounds of the day for coach Jason Payne's Bucs. Smith tallied two birdies as part of a level par back nine. McBride delivered one of the better efforts of his freshman campaign, playing his final 12 holes at even par to finish at +3 overall. Komara had three birdies, including two on the back side, to get his way into the top third of the field.
CSU is set to tee off Monday's middle round off No. 1 between 7:30 and 8:10 a.m. The Bucs will play alongside Western Carolina, William & Mary and Middle Tennessee State.