McCracken shoots 82 in NAIA opening round
Lewis-Clark State College junior Connor McCracken had a tough second nine during his opening round at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships on Tuesday and shot an 82 at the TPC Deere Run Golf Course.
McCracken, the two-time Frontier Conference Player of the Year, is the lone LCSC representative at the tournament. He qualified by winning medalist honors during the Frontier Conference season.
The Eagle, Idaho native began play on the back nine on the par-71 6,983-yard course and had a par on seven of the first nine holes. He bogeyed two of the holes for a 2-over-par 38.
The other nine, however, was a different story. He picked up three pars, four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey for a 9-over-44 to leave him with an 82 and tied for 134th overall. He’s also 15 shots behind the leader, Oklahoma Christian’s Axel Ochoa, who fired a 4-under-par 67.
“He just could not make a putt,” LCSC coach Paul Thompson said of McCracken’s round, which included a stretch a three-hole stretch of going from 3-over to 9-over-par. “He had a couple of rough holes and I know he’s disappointed.”
McCracken, who played his round Tuesday afternoon, will play his second 18 on Wednesday morning. He’ll play another 18 on Thursday before the field is cut to the top 17 teams/40 individuals.
A total of 29 teams (five players each) and 11 individuals are participating in the 156-player field.