BANGOR, Maine - The opening day of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Golf Championship at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course took place this afternoon, as the Husson Eagles took a two-stroke lead after shooting a team score of 289 (+5).
The Eagles, who have won ten of the last 12 NAC titles, held off a late surge by Salem State, as the Vikings finished the opening round just two strokes back with a score of 291. UMaine-Farmington came home 14 strokes back with a 303, followed by Castleton (310), Johnson State (320) and Maine Maritime (320). MCLA and Green Mountain concluded the first-day standings with respective totals of 337 and 391.
Salem State's Chad Alibozek sits atop the leaderboard after round of 68, three strokes under par, followed by Husson's Daulton Wickenden who shot a round of 69. Ryan Swart from Salem State placed third with a 70, while Castleton's Zachary Temple and Husson's Mackenzie Clow rounded out the top five with scores of 71 and 72 respectively.
Husson's Taylor Morang and Philip Thome, and UMF's Michael Richard and Trevor Hisler tied for sixth with a 74. UMF's Eric Aguiar and Salem State's Nick Stone rounded out the top ten tied for tenth after shooting rounds of 75.
The second round of the 2016 NAC Championship will get underway on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. when Green Mountain and MCLA tee off first. Those two schools will be followed by Johnson, Maine Maritime and Castleton before UMaine-Farmington, Salem State, and Husson pair up for the final rounds of the day.