GREENSBORO, N.C.—Junior Chris Maguire (Waltham, Mass.) and first-year Pranav Mohan (Fremont, Calif.) both came in at 7-over par 79 as the Babson College men's golf team posted a team total of 323 on the Grandover Resort East Course in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship on Tuesday.
Methodist University, which owns 10 men's golf titles, posted a team score of 3-under par 284 and holds a one-shot lead over University of the Redlands (285). Illinois Wesleyan University (292) and LaGrange College (292) are tied for third, while Spalding University (293) sits nine shots off the lead in fifth place. Six of the top eight teams played the shorter West Course at Grandover Resort, which played almost two shots easier than the East Course on Tuesday.
The Beavers are in 39th position in the 41-team field after the first round. The field will be cut to the low 15 teams following Wednesday's second round.
Maguire, who made two birdies, played his last seven holes at even par to shoot a front-nine 39. He made the turn at 4-over par after teeing off on the 10th tee of the 7,200-yard East Course. Mohan also made a pair of birdies and shot a 39 on the front nine after carding a back-nine 40.
First-year Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) came in a shot behind Maguire and Mohan after firing an 8-over par 80. He made two birdies, one on each nine, and shot a 3-over 39 on his closing nine holes. Classmate Andrew Neal (Chevy Chase, Md.) made a pair of birdies in his first four holes and posted Babson's lowest score of the day on the back nine (39), but struggled on his inward nine and finished with an opening round 85.
Junior Vijay Vasandani (Cebu, Philippines) shot an 88 in his NCAA Tournament debut.
The Beavers will start their second round from the first tee on the 6,710-yard West Course on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.