Blue Mountian College opens season at FHU tournament

By Blue Mountain College

COVINGTON, Tenn. – Blue Mountain College women’s golf got off to a soggy start here Monday in the opening round of the first Freed-Hardeman Invitational at Covington Country Club.

Playing as individuals, Allie Newby shot a 107 and Taylor Gilchrist posted a 109 in the first round of the tournament. Kati Reynolds, a redshirt freshman playing as a non-competitive marker, shot an 88.

Freed-Hardeman shot 323 to take a 26-shot lead into Tuesday’s final round at the par-72 Covington Country Club.

The Lady Lions’ Mikayla Dodson shot a four-over 76 to break the program record for an 18-hole round. Dodson leads by three over three players including teammates Hannah Griffin and Olivia Fowler, both of whom shot 79. Lyon’s Kaitlyn Duncan also shot a 79 to sit three strokes behind Dodson.

In the men’s competition, the Lions hold a narrow lead heading into the final day, leading Martin Methodist (Tenn.) by three shots after shooting a 301. Grant James sits atop the leaderboard with an even-par 72 that saw him birdie three of his last four holes. He holds a two-shot lead over Martin Methodist’s Chris Fletcher.

The day also saw the program’s third hole-in-one, as Lincoln Stemler aced the 180-yard eighth. Stemler, playing as an individual, shot 85.