Hammond, Ind. - Senior James Kerr (Donegal, Ireland/Western Texas/Arch Bishop Ilsley) shot a round of 75 and had the second-best individual score of the tourney to help lead the Saint Xavier University men's golf team to the top of the team standings in day one of the 2013 Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invite hosted by Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind. As a unit, the Cougars shot a collective 304 Monday and hold a 13-stroke lead on the tourney's second place team, Owens Community College (Ohio), in the 16-team event heading into the second and final day Tuesday.
Seniors Kirby Brown (West Des Moines, Iowa/Kirkwood CC/Valley) and Brendan Ryan (Alsip, Ill./Moraine Valley CC/Shepard) were both solid as well Monday turning in identical rounds of 76, while junior Kyle Bahnick (Inverness, Ill./Carthage College/Palatine-Fremd) was right behind them at 77. Sophomore Zach Trent (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) rounded out the SXU golfers turning in an 83 on the day. Brown and Ryan were tied for third place in the individual standings Monday, while Bahnick sits in a tie for sixth place. The Invite is loaded with Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) competition with Purdue-Calumet (T-7th, 328), Olivet Nazarene (T-7th, 328), Calumet College of St. Joseph (10th, 331), Roosevelt (11th, 337), Robert Morris (T-12th, 353), Judson (T-12th, 353) and Purdue-North Central (15th, 387) all taking part. Calumet College's Tyler Nicol had the best round of the day shooting par with a score of 72.
Saint Xavier looks to claim the tournament crown on Tuesday, September 17, during the second round of the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invite. Play continues at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond.