EUGENE, Ore. – College of Charleston junior William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.) was one of nine golfers to make eagle during first-round play at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at the par-70 Eugene Country Club on Friday.
Rainey shot 2-over par in the opening round going 1-under on the front nine that included his eagle on the par-5, No. 4. He is currently tied for 52nd individually and is one of 73 Top 100-ranked players in the field vying for an individual national championship title.
“William played a solid round of golf today,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “He did not drive it the way he usually does and made two late bogeys. He is playing some really good golf and will get back into contention tomorrow.”
No. 27-ranked Nahum Mendoza of San Diego State, Will Starke of South Carolina and Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt share the early lead at 3-under.
Rainey be paired tomorrow with individuals Ryan Cole of James Madison and Antoine Rozner of UMKC in the second round beginning at 9:12 a.m. (PT) / 12:12 p.m. (ET) off the No. 10 tee.
Saturday will consist of another 18-hole round. The third day of stroke-play competition on Sunday will determine the Top 15 teams along with the Top 9 individuals, not on an advancing team, for the final 18 holes of stroke‐play competition to be held on Monday which will determine the Top 8 teams for match-play competition and the 72‐hole individual champion crowned.