Any team wanting to walk away with a victory in the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational will to reckon with the home team. College of Coastal Georgia's men's golfers made that clear immediately.
The Mariners jumped out to a 13-stroke lead as a team in the first round, carding a 277 to best second-place Keiser University's 290 thanks to Mark David Johnson's 65. Johnson leads the individual medalist competition at Sea Island Golf Club by three strokes over Keiser's Erik Jonassson and Coastal's Chip Thompson.
Mariner's coach Mike Cook called Johnson's round blistering and said it and the freshman Thompson's 68 helped Coastal log its lowest one-day team score in school history.
Rounding out the Mariners' team score was Kyle Kidd and Ryan Barrousse, who each shot 72 on the day.
The disparity between first and second place was even larger in the women's Winter Invitational at King and Prince Golf Course. SCAD-Atlanta jumped out to a 31-shot lead after a 10-over 298 as a team. College of Coastal Georgia women's team is in seventh place at 347.
SCAD-Atlanta's Bria Sanders leads the medalist chase after an even-par 72. She's one shot ahead of teammate Micaa' Thomas and Angela Rivera-Lopez of Thomas University.
Kylee Wheeler and Lauren Bird tied for Coastal's best rounds with each carding an 81 to tie for 12th. Megan Ramer (89) and Kinsley Dowling (96) rounded out the scoring for the Mariner women.
The tournament concludes today on St. Simons Island.