Aurora Leads Field Following Opening Round of NACC Men's Golf Championships

Irish Course at Whistling Straits (photo: Suann Saltzberry)
Irish Course at Whistling Straits (photo: Suann Saltzberry)

HAVEN, Wis. ( --- Aurora University posted four scores of 80 or better and holds a 12-stroke lead over the Milwaukee School of Engineering after one round of the 2019-20 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Men's Golf Championships at Whistling Straits.

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The Spartans, who have all five players positioned within the top 13 of the medalist standings, posted a 307 team total Sunday, just ahead of MSOE in second with a 319. Edgewood College sits third at 329, one stroke better than Marian University (330) and five clear of both Benedictine University and Concordia University Wisconsin (334). Wisconsin Lutheran College (341), Lakeland University (342), St. Norbert College (352) and Dominican University (361) round out the team standings.

Breezy conditions on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits led to generally higher scores throughout the field, but Aurora's Scott Boyajian posted three birdies en route to a 1-over 73 and leads MSOE's Garrett Schulz by two strokes for the 18-hole medalist lead. JT Hudson and Ryan Vanderway - Boyajian's Aurora teammates - are locked in a four-way tie for third at 5-over 77 with Marian's Max Dye and MSOE's Bryce Lindsley. Benedictine's Nate Kirberg is alone in seventh place after an opening-round 78, followed by Marian's Trent Thomas and Concordia Wisconsin's Wyatt Wilderman in a tie for eighth with matching 79s. Aurora's Craig Schlegel and Edgewood's Matthew Davidson round out the top 10 after each fired rounds of 80 in round one.

The top-10 individuals at the conclusion of the 72-hole championship earn all-conference honors.

Monday's second round begins at 10:30 a.m. with the bottom four teams in the team standings - Wisconsin Lutheran, Lakeland, St. Norbert and Dominican - comprising the initial wave of golfers. Marian, Concordia Wisconsin and Benedictine will make up the second wave with players slated to go off the No. 1 tee beginning at approximately 11:33 a.m. The final wave, with players representing Aurora, MSOE, and Edgewood, will tee off beginning at approximately 12:18 p.m.