Three Wildcats Under Par on Day One of Schenkel Invitational


STATESBORO, Ga. – Three Kentucky men’s golfers were under par during their opening 18 holes of play at the Schenkel Invitational on Friday. Sophomore Cooper Musselman led the way for the Cats with a season-low round of 68. Senior David Snyder and sophomore Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel were the other Wildcats with scores below par as the Wildcats sit in a tie for ninth among a grueling field following day one.

About the lineup:

Musselman fired a 4-under par, 68, and is tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard. He’s four shots off of the lead with 36 holes to play. The Louisville, Ky., native began his round with a bogey on No. 1, but then carded his most impressive round of the season including capping the round in stylish fashion. 

He was 2-under par on the opening nine holes. He had birdies on back-to-back par 4s on Nos. 4 and 5. He then birdied the par-five No. 7. Through 13 holes of play, Musselman fell back to 1-under par before igniting a stellar finish. He birdied the final three holes of the day to get to 4-under par for the best round of the day for any Wildcat player.

McDaniel turned in his team-leading 12th under par round of the season with a 1-under, 71. Snyder also fired a 71 on the opening day of play and the duo sits in a tie for 36th overall. McDaniel’s round featured four birdies on the afternoon, while Snyder posted five including one on the final hole. 

Freshman Jalen Ledger, making his first appearance of the spring season, posted a 1-over par, 73. Ledger was even over the first nine holes on the afternoon before finishing the day at 1-over and in a tie for 53rd. 

Junior Stephen Stallings capped round one in a tie for 65th following an opening round of 75. Freshman Lukas Euler, playing as an individual, fired a 77 on Friday and is in a tie for 76th. 

The Tournament Field:

Thirteen of the fourteen teams in the field carded under-par scores on the opening day of play. No. 10 Wake Forest leads the way at 18-under with a first round score of 270. Fifteenth-ranked Vanderbilt and Georgia State are tied for second following rounds of 274. 

Iowa and North Carolina are tied for fourth with 9-under scores of 279. Three teams are tied for sixth following the opening round, and Kentucky is tied with NC State and UAB for ninth with a 283 in round one.

The Course: 

The Forest Heights Country Club is home to the Schenkel Invitational. Forest Heights has been the host of the tournament since it’s start in 1971. Kentucky returned to the tournament for the 10th consecutive season, having competed 15 times in tournament history previously.

Players will tee off with a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. ET on Saturday before finishing with a round of 18 on Sunday. Teams will be paired based on the results from the opening rounds and will play 18 holes every day, concluding on Sunday. Fans can follow along with the action on golfstat.com 

Forest Heights Country Club
Statesboro, Ga. 
March 18-20
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,962 

T9- Kentucky (283, -5)
T8 – Cooper Musselman (68, -4)
T36 – Chip McDaniel (71, -1)
T36 – David Snyder (71, -1)
T53 – Jalen Ledger (73, +1)
T65 – Stephen Stallings (75, +3)
*T76 – Lukas Euler (77, +5)

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