OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Senior Davis Riley matched his career-low round with a 4-under par 66 to lead the No. 19 Alabama men’s golf team on Friday in the first round of the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational. As a team, the Crimson Tide finished with an even par 280 and will enter Saturday’s second round in a three-way tie for first place.
Riley had seven birdies, along with a bogey and double bogey, to finish in a tie for second overall. Riley, along with Illinois’ Nick Hardy (66) and Texas A&M’s Josh Gliege (66), trail clubhouse leader Zach Bauchou of Oklahoma State (64) by two strokes entering the second round of play.
Senior Jonathan Hardee is in a tie for 11th after carding a 1-under par 69 on the par-70, 7,353-yard Olympia Fields Country Club North Course. Freshman Davis Shore finished at 2-over and is in a tie for 27th. Senior Lee Hodges (73) and sophomore Josh Sedeno (74) round out the Crimson Tide golfers in 37th and 45th place, respectively.