RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University men's golf team sits atop the leaderboard after the opening round of its annual Castleton Invitational tournament at the Rutland Country Club Saturday.
The Spartans hold a 10-stroke lead over second-place Elms College, firing an opening-round 324 as a team. Western Connecticut State University is in third place, followed by Northern Vermont University-Johnson and Gordon College.
Nicholas Ojala and Jacob Erwin are tied for the individual lead as they each posted first-round scores of 79 (+9). Ojala led the team with a pair of birdies, while Erwin drained 11 pars on the day. Tom Kingsley sits in a tie for sixth place after a first-round 81, while A.J. Tatton is in 14th place after a career-best round of 85.
NVU-Johnson has a pair of golfers in the top-five as Austin Walters and Kaden Swett are in a tie for third with WestConn's Riley Shay after each of the three carded an 80 on the day.
The tournament concludes Sunday with tee times beginning at 9:10 a.m. at Rutland Country Club.