Paced by under-par rounds from each of its four starting golfers, the Louisville Cardinals raced to a two-stroke lead after first-round action at the V1 Sports General Hackler Championship Sunday at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach.
John Murphy (-6), Jiri Zuska (-4), Matthias Schmid (-2) and Trevor Johnson (-1) put the Cardinals two strokes clear of North Carolina (-11), whose four starters led by Austin Greaser (-5) also finished under par. Kent State (-10) and North Carolina State (-9) rounded out the top four teams after Day 1, followed by a trio of teams tied for fifth at -4 (Indiana, North Florida and host Coastal Carolina).
Murphy’s 66 put him in a three-way tie for first place in the individual competition with North Florida’s Nick Infanti and Kent State’s Josh Gilkison. Greaser is one of four golfers just one shot off the individual lead, joined by North Carolina teammate Ryan Burnett, North Carolina State’s Maximilian Steinlechner and Coastal Carolina’s Viktor Olund.
Round 2 play tees off at 8:45 a.m. Monday.