DSU Athletics
DSU Athletics

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Dixie State’s men’s golf team stands in a two-way tie for second place after the opening round of play at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships played on Easter Sunday at the Ocotillo Resort Golf Club.

The Trailblazers combined to fire an opening round 6-under 278 to join in-state rival Westminster College (278, -6) just one stroke back of first-round leader Colorado School of Mines (277, -7). Colorado-Colorado Springs follows in fourth place at 2-over 286, and Colorado Mesa rounds out the top five in fifth at 3-over 287.

Senior Nicklaus Britt finished his opening loop alone in second place on the player leaderboard and just one shot out to the lead after he carded a 5-under 66 on his opening loop. The senior began his round with four straight birdies and finished with a team-high eight birdies on the day.

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Sophomore Brock Nielson also finished day one in top 10 as he penciled in two birdies on both his front and back nines on his way to a 2-under 69 to stand in solo seventh place. Freshman Noah Schone follows in t-14th at even par 71 after a four-birdie day, while sophomore Spencer Wallace also rolled in four birdies Sunday to join four other players in t-16th at 1-over 72, and freshman Triston Gardner is in a four-way tie for 27th at 3-over 74.

Dixie State will look to keep pace in a tightly contested tourney during Monday’s second round, which begins for the Trailblazers at 8:47 a.m. MDT.