PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. – Craig Hornberger is tied for fifth individually and Campbell is seventh in the team standings after Friday's first round of The Hayt Invitational men's golf tournament at Sawgrass Country Club.
In a field that includes five teams ranked among the nation's top 50, Campbell shot a 5-over 293 Friday and sits eight strokes behind No.-49 UCF (285). Louisville (286) is second in the 15-school event, while Liberty (289), UAB (290) and host North Florida (291) round out the top five.
Heading into Saturday's second round, Campbell is one stroke behind North Texas (292) and two clear of No.-31 Jacksonville (295).
Campbell sophomore Ray Kraivixien is tied for ninth after an opening round 71, just two strokes out of first place that is shared by four golfers – Manuel Elvira (UCF), Taylor Eyster (UAB), Thomas Rosenmueller (North Texas) and Patrick Stephenson (East Carolina).
A senior from Lancaster, Pa., Hornberger signed his best tournament scorecard since October by making six birdies. Starting from the 10th hole, Hornberger's only blemish over the first nine was a double bogey on the par-four 13th, but he responded with three birdies over the next five holes. He finished the day one-under on the par-4 holes (tied for third in the field) and tied for second in birdies.
Kravixien, who hails from Bangkok, Thailand, made 13 pars (tied for sixth) and three birdies. Fellow sophomore Jesper Svensson is tied for 36th at 3-over 75, while freshmen Brett McLamb (77, including 11 pars) and Max Theodorakis (81) are tied for 53rd and 74th, respectively.
The 54-hole event continues on the par-72, 6977-yard Sawgrass layout through Sunday's final round. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
Sawgrass Country Club / Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Feb. 24-26, 2017 / Par 72, 6977 Yards
First Round Team Results: 1. UCF 285, 2. Louisville 286, 3. Liberty 289, 4. UAB 290, 5. North Florida 291, 6. North Texas 292, 7. Campbell 293, 8. Jacksonville 295, T9. East Carolina 296, T9. Tennessee 296, T11. Furman 298, T11. Coastal Carolina 298, 13. Army 299, 14. UCLA 308, 15. Navy 313.
First Round Individual Leaders: T1. Manuel Elvira (UCF) 69, T1. Taylor Eyster (UAB) 69, T1. Thomas Rosenmueller (North Texas) 69, T1. Patrick Stephenson (ECU) 69, T5. Andrew Alligood (North Florida) 70, T5. Craig Hornberger (Campbell) 70, T5. Nicolas Platret (Louisville) 70, T5. David Wicks (Jacksonville) 70.