NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. --- Aurora University fired an opening-round 311 and sits tied for 19th after 18 holes at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Keene Trace Golf Club.
Playing the par-72, 7,190-yard Champion Trace layout, the Spartans posted three rounds in the 70s. Noah Hogue birdied his first two holes, then added another at the 16th hole to post matching 37s in and out for a 2-over 74 total. He sits tied for 30th overall, five shots off the medalist lead held by Sam Goldenring of Williams.
JT Hudson and Jackson Fluck are tied for 93rd place after carding 6-over 78s. After playing his first seven holes at even par, Hudson birdied a pair of holes on his back nine, including one at the 18th hole. Fluck matched Hogue with three birdies. Craig Schlegel added an 81, while John Torres posted an 88. Torres was in line for a solid round before being derailed with a 12 at the par-5 sixth hole. He played the remaining 12 holes in 6-over-par but did birdie the par-5 14th.
Illinois Wesleyan University, which played the shorter Keene Run layout (6,897 yards) in round one, fired a 1-under 287 as a team and leads Concordia University Texas by a stroke.
The Spartans will shift to the Keene Run layout for their second round Wednesday and will go off the No. 10 tee in a wave beginning at 8:20 a.m. local time (7:20 a.m. CT). As in round one, Aurora will be paired with Stevenson University and Webster University.
The Spartans will need to take advantage of the Keene Run layout, which played 1.5 strokes easier than Champion Trace Tuesday, as the field will be cut to the top 18 teams and top six individuals not on one of the advancing teams following Wednesday's round.