Pittsburg, Kan. -- Missouri Southern junior golfer Andrew Maier is tied for the individual lead and the Lions are ninth after day one of the Pittsburg State Invitational at Crestwood Country Club.
Maier shot a one-under 71 and is tied with Pittsburg State's Justice Valdivia for the individual lead. Maier is playing on Southern's second team in the tournament, so, unfortunately his individual score will not count toward the team title.
Andy Hogenmiller is tied for sixth after one round with a one-over 73 to lead the Lions' main team. Ben Starkey shot a 75 and is tied for 17th, while Ryan Buerk shot a 76. Both Elliot Soyez and Gil Williams carded a round one, 81.
After Maier's 71, both Adam Johnson and Ryan Russell had identical scores of 78 on the Lions' second team. Ethan Hutcheson had a 79, while Fabian Oechsle shot an 87. Playing as an individual, Garrett Roberts carried a first-round 78.
The Lions, as a team, shot a first-round 305 today, but stand just ten shots behind first place Washburn. Central Missouri and Central Oklahoma both are tied at second with a score of 299, while teams four through nine are separated by a mere three strokes. Nebraska-Kearney and PSU scored a 302, while Northeastern State and Fort Hays had identical scores of 303. Lincoln was in 8th at 304 while Southern had a 305. The second MSSU team scored a 306, while Missouri Western (309), Lindenwood (312) and Southwest Baptist (312) round out the team scores.
The Lions will be back in action tomorrow morning in the final round of the tournament. This event represents the first event of the fall in the MIAA points series.