Sept. 3, 2007
By Kyle Herm
PINEVILLE, Ky. - The Southern Illinois men's golf team opened the 2007-08 season with a 36-hole all-time record 19-under-par 557 and stands in first place after the first day of the Wasioto Winds Kick Off Invitational on Monday.
The Salukis shot a 6-under-par 282 in the morning round and tied an 18-hole record 13-under-par 275 in the afternoon to take a six-shot lead over second place Eastern Kentucky University.
SIU's previous 36-hole record 569 and last 18-hole total of 275 were both set during the 2004-05 season at the Harris Fall Invitational.
"The guys played fantastic today and I'm very proud of how they competed, " said head coach Leroy Newton.
Sophomore Jordan Cox led SIU with a 7-under 137 in the two rounds and is tied for second overall, one stroke behind leader John Slayton of Tennessee-Martin. Cox is followed by junior John Danielson who fired a 36-hole 4-under 140, and is currently in seventh place.
Hosted by Morehead State University, the Kick Off Invitational is a 54-hole tournament taking place at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville, Ky. The par-72 course, one of the signature courses in the Kentucky State Park System, plays at 6,428 yards.
The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday, September 4.
First-round results from the Wasioto Winds Kick Off Invitational hosted by Morehead State University at Wasioto Winds Golf Course. Par: 72. Yardage: 6,428.
Southern Illinois University
T2 - Jordan Cox - 71 - 66 - 137 (-7)
7 - John Danielson - 72 - 68 - 140 (-4)
T8 - Todd Obergoenner - 70 - 71 - 141 (-3)
T8 - Blake Driskell - 71 - 70 - 141 (-3)
T22 - Matt Ellis - 70 - 76 - 146 (+2)