The Belmont Abbey men's golf team fired a two over par 290 to sit alone in sixth out of 18 teams after the opening round of the Kiawah Island Invitational, hosted by USC Aiken at the par 72 Cougar Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
The Crusaders, playing their first tournament of the year, are just two shots behind Armstrong State. Erskine and Flagler hold the overnight lead as those schools carded a five under 283.
Belmont Abbey went out in the opening group at 8:30 this morning. Junior Cameron Buist, fresh off of a round of 16 appearance at the Scottish Amateur Championship, continued his solid play with a three under 69 to sit in a tie for sixth, joining three other players. He will begin tomorrow's round just two shots off the lead.
Freshmen Michael Mead and Nick Stafford, in their very first collegiate rounds, both enjoyed spectacular debuts. Mead carded a one under 71 to sit in a tie for 13th. Stafford, a Belmont product, fired a two over 73 to sit in a tie for 23rd.