Lexington, Ky. - The Franklin College men's golf team stands in third place after carding two rounds in the 70s on Saturday during the opening round of the 72-hole Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at the University Club of Kentucky Big Blue Course.
Playing in rainy and windy conditions, Franklin had a 311 composite team score after the first 18 holes of the tournament. The Grizzlies trail second-place Hanover College by one stroke and are five shots ahead of fourth-place Mount St. Joseph University.
Senior Chris Arnold (Quincy, Ind./Cloverdale) is tied for first place after shooting an opening round one-under-par 71-stroke score. He had three birdies on Saturday. Arnold stood one-over-par after six holes, but got a birdie on the ninth hole to get back to even par on the round. The senior got a birdie on the par-5 13th hole and recorded eight pars during the back nine.
Sophomore Jack Knue (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) shot a 78-stroke score and is tied for 13th place individually.
Senior Joshua Rhoads (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) and sophomore Andrew Behnke (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) are tied for 19th place after each carded scores of 81 to round out the team's balanced effort for the opening round.
Franklin will complete the opening weekend of the HCAC Championships on Sunday, April 26 at noon. The tournament will move to the Anderson Country Club from May 2-3 for the final two rounds.
Live scoring of the tournament will be available HERE.