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TLU's Colin Uecker posts 75 in first round of NCAA DIII Men's Golf Championships

TLU's Colin Uecker posts 75 in first round of NCAA DIII Men's Golf Championships

(photo by Mark Mahan)

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- Texas Lutheran senior Colin Uecker is in a tie for 41st after a round-one score of 75 Tuesday in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.

At Keene Trace Golf Club, Uecker was 1-over through the first nine holes with birdies at No. 2 and No. 7 and bogeys at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5.

Uecker, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion, got his score back to even with his second birdie of the back nine. He recorded a three on the par-4, 380-yard 13th hole.

After a bogey at the par-4 14th, Uecker notched his fifth birdie of the round on the par-5, 523-yard 17th and moved into the Top 20 with a score of even par.

The par-4 18th caused Uecker problems. He posted a triple bogey on the home hole. He finished 2-over on the back nine and 3-over for the day.

Uecker is six shots behind first-round leader Sam Goldenring of Williams College (Mass.). Goldenring posted a 3-under 69. He leads a group of four golfers by one shot.

Illinois Wesleyan is the first-round leader in the team race. The Titans registered a team round of 1-under 287 to hold a one-stroke lead over Concordia Texas.

TLU is not in the national championship tournament as a team. Fellow SCAC school Southwestern is playing at the championships. The Pirates are 12th in the 42-team tournament after an opening-round of 302.

After 36 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 18 teams and the top six individuals not on one of those teams. A round of 18 holes is scheduled for each day. The tournament goes through Friday.

A total of 216 participants are competing at the 2019 championships.

Uecker was one of six individuals (not already qualifying with a team) that received an invitation to the national championship tournament.