PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Sophomore Trey Patterson posted a first round of 4-under 68 to place him in third after the first day of the NCCAA Men's Golf National Championships in Panama City Beach.
Patterson, who is participating along with teammate Levi Nix, is playing as an individual in the tournament. The score ties a Covenant College record for lowest round. It is also a personal best for the sophomore from Johns Creek, Ga.
Patterson was even through the first four holes. He then birdied holes 14 and 18 before starting the back nine on hole 1. In the final nine holes of the day, Patterson made four birdies, including a clutch 8-footer on the final hole to claim the 68. Patterson nearly missed a hole-in-one on the par-3 7th as his tee shot rolled to nearly a foot away from the cup.
Patterson sits just two strokes back of the lead which is held by Vilhelm Bogstrand of Oklahoma Christian. Shane Gleason of Roberts Wesleyan is in second after shooting a 2-under 67.
Nix finished round one with a 78. The freshman birdied his first hole of the day and sits in a tie for 48th place out of 96 golfers.
Patterson and Nix will both tee off round two at 12:25 p.m. on Tuesday. Live stats of the tournament can be found here.