EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE senior golfer Parker McEachern fired a career-best 65 and helped SIUE to a 280 in the first round of Colorado's Mark Simpson Invitational.
The 280 marks the seventh lowest team round in school history. The Cougars slipped to 304 in the second and sit ninth of 12 teams after the first two rounds. Colorado leads the way with a 556 (-20). Utah State (-16) is second. Grand Canyon (-15) is third.
McEachern's 65 is the second lowest score in school history. He is one of only 10 players in school history to shoot a 65 or below. The school record for an individual round is 64 (three people are tied). He shot a 78 in the second round and is tied for 22nd. Albert Nilsson has a 146 and is tied for 37th. Presley Mackelburg has a 147 and is tied for 42nd. Brooks Jungbluth and Luke Ludwig, who is playing as SIUE's individual, are among a group tied for 46th at 148. Tanner Collins has a 153 and is tied for 65th.
Omaha's Witchayapat Sinsrang is atop the leaderboard at 11-under par 133. Grand Canyon's Michael Salazar and CSU-Fullerton's Jack Dyer are tied for second at 10-under.
The final 18-hole round gets underway Tuesday morning at Colorado National Golf Club.