PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. – Andrew Gai recorded the best debut round score in Campbell University men's golf history with an 8-under-par 64 to take the lead after 18 holes of the Golfweek Program Challenge men's tournament at True Blue Golf Club.
A freshman from Westport, Conn., Gai fired six birdies on the back nine and had nine on the day to tie the school record-low round set by Simon Dunn in 2001 and equaled by Vaita Guillaume in 2010 and 2011.
Gai leads the 60-player field by two strokes over Tomasz Anderson of Jacksonville State and Central Arkansas' Pep Angles, both of who shot six-under 66 on the par-72, 6940-yard True Blue layout.
Jacksonville State leads the 12-school event at 12-under 276, one stroke in front of Campbell (277). South Florida and Central Arkansas are tied for third at 10-under 278, followed by East Carolina (281) and a three-way deadlock between Missouri-Kansas City, UNC Wilmington and Boston College for sixth place at even-par 288.
Campbell freshman Grant Houser of Holly Springs, N.C., also impressed in his collegiate debut with a three-under 69 to tie for seventh place heading into Monday's second round of the 54-hole event. Houser's opening round included five birdies.
Senior Mitch Gray is tied for 17th place at one-under 71 after a round that included four birdies. Guillaume, a senior from Papeete, Tahiti, is tied for 32nd at one-over 73, while sophomore Amanjyot Singh is tied for 54th at plus-four 76.
Golfweek Program Challenge (Men)
True Blue GC / Pawley's Island, S.C.
Sept. 11-13, 2011 / Par 72, 6940 Yards
First Round Team Results: 1. Jacksonville State 276, 2. Campbell 277, T3. Central Arkansas 278, T3. South Florida 278, 5. East Carolina 281, T6. Missouri-Kansas City 288, T6. UNC Wilmington 288, T6. Boston College 288, T9. Texas State 291, T9. Troy 291, 11. James Madison 295, 12. Northern Iowa 296.
First Round Individual Leaders: 1. Andrew Gai (Campbell) 64, 2. Tomasz Anderson (Jacksonville State) 66, T3. Pep Angles (Central Arkansas) 67, T3. Branden Collins (South Florida) 67, T5. Chris Cooke (Central Arkansas) 68, T5. David Watkins (East Carolina) 68.
Other Campbell Individuals: T7. Grant Houser 69, T17. Mitch Gray 71, T32. Vaita Guillaume 73, T54. Amanjyot Singh 76.