ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – High winds wreaked havoc on day one of the 2016 SEC Championship, as Arkansas posted an 8-over 288 to sit in seventh place at the par 70 Seaside course at Sea Island Golf Club.
No. 4 Georgia and Kentucky find themselves atop the leaderboard after posting rounds of 3-under 277. The Bulldogs and Wildcats are the only teams in the field under par as Florida (+3) is third, while Vanderbilt (+6) and Tennessee (+6) are tied for fourth.
In his first career round at the SEC Championship, freshman Charles Kim paced the team with a 1-over 34-37 – 71, good for T-17th overall. After opening the day with a bogey, he bounced back and chipped in for birdie on No. 2, before adding another birdie on the fifth hole to make the turn at 1-under.
Taylor Moore and Nicolas Echavarria are tied for 22nd overall after posting nearly identical rounds. They each shot 2-over 37-35 – 72 and had two birdies and four bogeys on the day. Echavarria notched a birdie on each side, while Moore saved both of his for the back side.
Alvaro Ortiz birdied the opening hole of the day and shot a 3-over 36-37 – 73, good for T-31st overall. Kolton Crawford rounded out the team with an 8-over 40-38 – 78.
Arkansas will go off the No. 1 tee Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. EDT, playing with Missouri and Auburn.
|T17.||Charles Kim||34-37 – 71 (+1)|
|T22.||Taylor Moore||37-35 – 72 (+2)|
|T22.||Nicolas Echavarria||37-35 – 72 (+2)|
|T31.||Alvaro Ortiz||36-37 – 73 (+3)|
|T61.||Kolton Crawford||40-38 – 78 (+8)|
SEC Championship Results (Day One)
|T1.||No. 4 Georgia||277 (-3)|
|3.||No. 18 Florida||285 (+5)|
|T4.||No. 7 Vanderbilt||286 (+6)|
|6.||No. 27 Texas A&M||287 (+7)|
|7.||No. 23 Arkansas||288 (+8)|
|9.||No. 6 Auburn||291 (+11)|
|10.||No. 13 South Carolina||292 (+12)|
|T11.||No. 14 LSU||294 (+14)|
|T11.||No. 17 Alabama||294 (+14)|
|13.||Ole Miss||301 (+21)|
|14.||Mississippi State||304 (+24)|
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