ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Babson College sophomore Pranav Mohan (Fremont, Calif.) fired a season-low round of 2-over par 73 and sits in a tie for 18th place after the opening round of the NCAA Division III Golf Championship. The Beavers finished with a team score of 315 on the par 71, 6,645-yard Mendon Golf Club and are tied for 29th position at 31 over par.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, ranked second in the Division III national poll, holds a 12-shot lead after finishing round one with a 2-over par score of 286. Fourth-ranked St. Thomas is second at 13 over, while No. 21 St. John Fisher (+14), defending-champion Methodist (+14) and eight-ranked Wittenberg (+15) round out the top five.
Mohan made four birdies, including three in his first seven holes, and made the turn at even par. He bogeyed the 433-yard par 4 12th hole before getting back to even with a birdie on the par 5 16th. Mohan closed his round with a bogey at 17, the second toughest hole on Tuesday, and another at 18, to settle for 73.
Senior Chris Maguire (Waltham, Mass.) was one of just 19 players to make at least four birdies on Tuesday as he finished with a 9-over par round of 80. After making the turn at 6-over, he birdied holes 10, 16 and 17 to offset a pair of double bogeys to shoot 39 on the back nine.
Sophomore Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) matched the low round of his career at the NCAA Championship with a 9-over par 80. First-year Grant Taleck (Naples, Fla.) carded an 82 in his national tournament debut, while classmate Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.), the Beavers' leader in stroke average, opened with an 87.
Babson will open round two play on Wednesday at Midvale Country Club beginning at 12:30 p.m. The 41-team field will be cut to the low 15 squads for third and fourth round play on Thursday and Friday.
• Mohan's round is the lowest by a Babson player since Jared Myers '01 shot a 71 in the final round of the 2001 Championship at Persimmon Woods Golf Club in St. Charles, Mo.
• The Beavers' four-ball total of 315 is their lowest in NCAA Championship play since 2001.
• Babson will start the second round just 10 shots off the current cut line of +21.
• The Beavers' team score of 315 equals their low round of the spring and is just under their 2015-16 team average of 315.06.