College of Coastal Georgia’s men’s golf team is sitting in a tie for second place after the first round of the NAIA Championship at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

The Mariners carded a 4- under 280 as a team to finish tied with Taylor University, a shot behind fellow Sun Conference member Keiser University.

Three Mariners were under par with freshman Chip Thompson leading the way with a 3-under 68. Thompson bogeyed his first hole of the day, the par-5 10th, but bounced back with three birdies to one bogey to make the turn at 1 under.

Thompson tallied three more birdies to one bogey on the back nine to finish the round. He’s tied for third in the individual competition.

Teammates Mark David Johnson and Kyle Kidd were a shot behind Thompson at 2 under. Johnson, a Glynn Academy graduate, was 2 over after his first nine holes but rebounded with five birdies and a bogey on the back nine.

The junior finished his round with seven birdies, 5 bogeys and six pars.

Kidd had more pars on his scorecard than Johnson, but a similar result with a 2-under 69. Kidd tallied four birdies to two bogeys and 10 pars.

Harrison Stafford rounded out Coastal’s scoring with a 3-over 74 with the fifth player Lauri Hacklin finishing a shot behind Stafford at 4 over.

Keiser University’s Jack Dyer leads the individual leaderboard after carding a 5-under 66. Taylor’s Alec Dutkowski is second at 4 under.

Behind Coastal and Taylor in the team competition is Dalton State in fourth place at even-par and Wayland Baptist in fifth place at 4 over.

The tournament resumes today with Coastal teeing off at 12:30 p.m.

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