HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- Christopher Newport sophomore David Rabil is tied for second place on the individual leaderboard and the Captains are in fifth place in the team standings following day one of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships.
Rabil, the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is tied for second after carding a record-tying 70 on the Las Colinas course this morning, helping bolster a nine-over 297 for the Captains as a team. CNU is alone in fifth place among the 42 competing teams.
Rabil tied the program record for single round scoring in the NCAA Tournament, firing a program best two-under on Tuesday. As a team, Christopher Newport fired just the fifth sub-300 round in NCAA Tournament history for the Captains, and tied for the third lowest single round score with a 297. The Captains are currently in fifth place and is one of only seven teams to finish in under 300 strokes in Tuesday's first round. CNU played the 6,888-yard Par 72 Las Colinas ("The Hills") course in the first round, posting a fourth place finish among teams on those 18 holes. Top-ranked Huntingdon College (+5) holds the lead after the first round.
Senior Harry Nodwell finished with a two-over 74, while freshman Davis Topping carded a three-over 75. Sophomore Joey Corlett posted a first-round 78, with sophomore Kurt Funkhouser tallying an 83.
After opening competition with the earliest tee time of the day on Tuesday, the Captains will have some extra time before teeing off for Wednesday's second round. Slated to tee off at noon Wednesday, the Captains will tackle the El Campeon ("The Champion") course, a 6,844-yard Par 72 at the Mission Inn Resort.