Middlebury sits in a tie for 14th place among 41 teams after 18 holes of play at the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. The Panthers shot a team score of 305 on day one, 19 strokes off the pace set by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Tuesday's action took place on the Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, New York. Middlebury will play its second round on Wednesday, tackling the Midvale Country Club with an 8:50 a.m. tee time.
Philippe Morin had a big opening day for the Panthers, firing a one-over-par 72 to put him in a tie for ninth place among 210 golfers. The rookie used two birdies on the front nine and two more on the back to go along with 10 pars for the afternoon.
Bennett Doherty was the next lowest finisher for the blue and white, shooting a 76 to put him in a tie for 52nd place. Doherty got off to a slow start with three-straight bogeys, but parred the next seven holes. Like Morin, he birdied the 16th hole on the back nine.
One stroke behind was Reid Buzby, who sits in a tie for 69th place with a 76. A birdie on the front nine along with 11 pars for the afternoon helped him along the way.
Rodrigo Andrade was the team's fourth scorer, coming in with an 80. After a solid front nine where he finished two over par, Andrade struggled on the back, despite opening with a birdie on hole number 10.
Rounding on the squad on the opening day was Joe Ko, who shot an 82. A strong back nine, with birdies on two of the first three holes, led Ko to a +3 on his final nine holes of the day.