Euler Paces Wildcats on Opening Day at The Ocean Course


KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Freshman Lukas Euler paced the Kentucky men’s golf team to a sixth place showing on the opening day of action at The Invitational at The Ocean Course on Friday. The first-year player sits in a tie for eighth place through 36 holes of the 54-hole event. Euler fired rounds of even-par (72) and 1-over (73) to enter the clubhouse at 1-over par. It marks the second-consecutive season a freshman has led the Wildcats during the opening day of action.

What coach Brian Craig is saying:

"We played well today, but just did not finish it off in either round. A little disappointing of a day, but it’s a terrific teachable moment for our team. Tomorrow’s setup will be tougher and that is exactly what we need. A nice start for freshman Lukas Euler in his collegiate debut as well.”

The Lineup:

Euler debuted with three birdies in his opening round of collegiate golf. He scored two birdies on the front nine and birdied No. 15 to finish the first round at even-par. He continued his steady play with three more birdies in the second round – including two over the final four holes to come in with a top-10 finish through 36 holes in his first event. 

Sophomore Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel entered the clubhouse at 2-over par following Friday’s action. McDaniel concluded his opening round in stylish fashion with a birdie on No. 18 to finish 3-over par. He logged a 1-under, 71, over his next 18 holes. Round two for the Manchester, Ky., native featured four birdies to push into the top 12 and just one stroke off of a top 10 finish. 

Senior David Snyder is tied for 19th after day one. Snyder opened the tournament with a 78 before rebounding with a 1-under, 71. Snyder registered six birdies during his under-par second round. 

Freshman Jalen Ledger, who is competing as an individual, has tied Snyder’s performance and is in 19th through two rounds. Ledger notched a 73 over the course of his first 18 holes and fired a 76 during the second round. His opening round included three birdies over a four hole period on the back nine. 

Junior Stephen Stallings and sophomore Cooper Musselman tied for 50th with a 10-over par combined score through 36 holes of play. Stallings shot a 77 in both rounds, while Musselman had an opening 76 and finished the second round with a 78.

Sophomore Chris Meuth, making his second career start, began the day with a career-low tying round of 75. Meuth was the lone Wildcat to register an eagle during Friday’s action when he scored a three on a par-5 hole. His first round also featured birdies on No. 14 and No. 15.

The Tournament Field Roundup:

The College of Charleston leads the field with a 2-over par score through two rounds of play. Cincinnati is second at 6-over par with Georgia Southern rounding out the top three team scores at 7-over par. Kentucky sits just two strokes off a top-five finish as two teams (UAB and Troy) are tied at 12-over par. The Wildcats own a three-stroke advantage over the NC State who sits in seventh place.

The Course:

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has played host to the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships and is only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America's major championships. Probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland is affected as much by the wind. Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere – 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel to those.

The course is a par 72, with a total distance of 7,115 yards. Saturday the players will take the course for the final18 holes with a split tee form at 8:00 a.m. Fans can follow along with live scoring at Golfstat.com

The Ocean Course 
Kiawah Island, S.C. 
Sept. 11-12 
Par: 72 
Yardage: 7,115 

6 - Kentucky (298-292-590 +14) 
T8 – Lukas Euler (72-72-145 +1)
T11 – Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (75-71-146 +2)
T19 – David Snyder (78-71-149 +5)
T50 – Stephen Stallings (77-77-154 +10)
T50 – Cooper Musselman (76-78-154 +10)
T72 – Chris Meuth (75-85-160 +16)
Individual
T19 – Jalen Ledger  (73-76-149 +5)

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