SAPPHIRE, N.C. - - Belmont University men's golf stands in 10th place following Day 1 of the 2017 Hummingbird Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina University.
A roughly 65-minute frost delay to open the tournament pushed tee times back, ultimately keeping eight groups from completing second round play.
Nevertheless, Belmont junior Daniel Booker (Dyersburg, Tenn.) was the story for the Bruins. Booker expertly navigated the Country Club of Sapphire Valley links at the tune of five birdies in his opening round of one-under-par 70.
Freshman Bogle LaRue (Knoxville, Tenn.) also had it going early, as an eagle on the par 5 sixth propelled him to the leaderboard. But an unfortunate final six holes tarnished his opening round 79.
Belmont earned T-7 placement through 18 holes, but found rough sledding in the afternoon.
Though LaRue and freshman Evan Davis (Lexington, Ky.) carded second round scores of 72 and 74, respectively, Booker's morning momentum was halted.
Sophomore McCullough Pickens (Sea Island, Ga.) posted two inward nine birdies before play was called due to darkness.
Belmont is chasing team leader Gardner-Webb.
Rounds 2 and 3 will be completed Tuesday.