Men's Golf shoots even par to take first-round lead in SAA Preview; Women in fifth place

Men's Golf shoots even par to take first-round lead in SAA Preview; Women in fifth place

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's golf team shot a first-round 288 (even par) and holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the Southern Athletic Association Fall Preview at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Old Fort will also serve as the site for the 2015 SAA Men's and Women's Golf Championships in April.

Sophomore Tanner Dixon led the Panthers with a three-under-par 69, and leads the tournament by one stroke over fellow BSC sophomore Evan Piedrahita and Sewanee's Saer Brown, who are both tied for second. Rounding out the other counting scores were Patrick Newsom, another BSC sophomore, shooting 74 (t-9th) and freshman Steven LaMay with 75 (t-12th). Spencer Honey posted a 78 and is tied for 20th, while Connor David shot an 85 and tied for 32nd.

BSC goes into tomorrow's round with a two-shot lead over Centre College (290), and a seven-shot lead over Sewanee (295).

The BSC women shot a 360 in the first round of the SAA Fall Preview. They trail tournament leader Rhodes College (292), Berry College (315), and Oglethorpe (337).

Freshman Meg Callahan led the way for BSC with a first-round 75 (3-over) and is tied for fourth individually. Junior Wallis Fairvalley posted a 91 (t-23rd), freshman Drew McDonagh shot a first-round 95 (30th), and sophomore Allison Justus shot a 99 and is in 33rd place. Brittany Files withdrew from the event.

"I am very proud of both teams today!" Head Coach Jason DeJiacomo said. "The guys started off kind of rough, but turned the day into a great round. It's been a while since the team has been in contention for anything and this is a great sign of things to come! The women also managed to keep their heads today and not let too much bother them. Meg continued her wonderful play today as well and has put herself in contention for individual medalist. There is a lot of young talent out here for us this week and I am so happy and proud of how they performed today. Our goal is to keep it up and improve a little tomorrow."