LENOIR CITY, Tenn. – Jake Headrick shot his best round in four appearances at the Tennessee River Rumble on Monday to hold a share of the lead and help land No. 15/15 Carson-Newman in a tie for second-place through the first day at the WindRiver Golf Club.
As a team, the Eagles were eight-over with a 296 total, just three shots out of first. They were the best par-5 scoring team on the day at eight-under on such holes while also tying for the most birdies carded at 13.
Headrick (Maryville, Tenn.) fired a three-under round of 69 to open his final regular season event with the Orange and Blue. The senior was leading his team as he made his way to the back nine at two-under thanks to a bogey that was overshadowed by a trio of birdies. From there he went one-under to close with day with two more birdies and a bogey.
Headrick's 69 matches his lowest round score of his senior campaign, a score he has shot four times. He also tied for the best par-5 average in the field at three-under while sitting tied for fourth on par-4s with an even showing on those holes.
Five shots behind Headrick was Jake Mynatt (Knoxville, Tenn.) with a two-over round of 74 to tie for 13th. The freshman shot a double bogey out the gate but answered it with a birdie and eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. He was even for par through his first nine holes but added on two bogeys. Through the back nine, he was on par for seven holes.
Tom Forster (Northamptonshire, England) carded a 75 to sit in a tie for 24th at three-over. The junior saw a sequence of a birdie followed by five-straight birdies that pushed him to four-over heading into the turn. From there, he was one-over in the back nine with a pair of birdies and a bogey.
Also holding a share of 24th by the end of Monday was individual Will Collins (Knoxville, Tenn.). The freshman sat at one-over through his first nine holes. His highest hole came on the par-4 11th where he shot a triple bogey. He totaled four birdies on the day.
Like Headrick, Collins tied for the top spot among par-5 scoring with a 4.25 average.
Tied for 53rd by the end of Monday was Anthony Marcinelli (Knoxville, Tenn.) after a six-over performance with a 78. The senior was one-over going into the turn of his day. He shot six bogeys with a double bogey on just a pair of birdies in the round.
Rounding out the Eagles on the leaderboard through Monday was Jackson Tyler (Wilmington, N.C.) with a 10-over 82 to tie for 94th. He was four-over through his first nine holes of the day with four bogeys. The sophomore did not card a birdie until the par-4 15th hole. He shot a triple bogey on the following hole before carding three more bogeys to close the day.
Host Lincoln Memorial, ranked No. 8/11 in the nation, leads the way heading into Tuesday at five-over. Tied for second with C-N are King and No. 11/13 Young Harris.
Headrick shares the lead in the field with LMU's Harry Boyle. Trailing by one shot is a three-way tied for third between King's Robert Wilkinson, Young Harris' Peter Chung and LMU's Dan Bradbury.
The tournament continues on Tuesday with one more round of play beginning at 9:30 a.m. Because of the freezing Monday morning temperatures in the area that forced the first day of the event to be condensed from 36 holes to 18, the event will now stand as a two-round event. Live scoring will once again be provided through BirdieFire for the duration of the round. A full recap with results will make its way to cneagles.com at the end of the round.