SIOUX CITY | Northwestern holds a two-shot lead over Morningside after the opening day of action in the Briar Cliff University Invitational Wednesday at Green Valley Golf Club.

Justin Kraft fired a 4-under-par 68 to set the individual pace and the Red Raiders totaled 286 to 288 for Morningside. Kraft had rounds of 33 and 35 and was one of seven players to shoot par or lower.

Corey Matthey of Morningside and Joe Brinkman of Mount Marty each carded 34-36—70, while Evan Schuler of Northwestern and Morningside’s Matt McGhee are another shot back after shooting 34-37—71. Nolan Zikas (36-36) and Russell Otten (35-37) of Concordia each matched par with 72.

Concordia stands third at 296 and host Briar Cliff, paced by Erik Jan Ingenluijff with 36-37—73, is fourth at 303.

The final round begins Thursday at 9 a.m.

NORTHWESTERN (286): Justin Kraft 33-35—68, Evan Schuler 34-37—71, Colton Kooima 35-38—73, Austin Reitz 35-39—74, Ryan Christy 37-38—75.

MORNINGSIDE (288): Corey Matthey 34-36—70, Matt McGhee 34-37—71, Cody Holck 36-37—73, Ben Peterson 40-34—74, Ferran Cortilla 38-38—76.

CONCORDIA (296): Nolan Zikas 36-36—72, Russell Otten 35-37—72, Tyler Samek 38-38—76, Jared Knoepfel 39-37—76, Tyler Knoepfel 40-40—80.

BRIAR CLIFF (303): Erik Jan Ingenluijff 36-37—73, Raul Perez 39-36—75, Andy Huntington 37-38—75, Liam Mangan 39-41—80, Tavian Banks 46-37—83.

DAKOTA WESLEYAN (305): Tom Hogg 36-38—74, Connor Preston 37-37—74, Russell Pick 37-41—78, Michael Whitney 40-39—79, Elliott Banks 42-37—79.

MORNINGSIDE B (305): Tyler Danke 38-35—73, Ben Schwaderer 39-36—75, Jason Vander Kooi 38-40—78, Caleb Ott 36-43—79, Dominic Johnson 42-45—87.

MOUNT MARTY (306): Joe Brinkman 34-36—70, Robbie Neswick 39-37—76, Ty Kinneberg 41-37—78, Dylan Brende 40-42—82, Collin Matthews 40-43—83.

NORTHWESTERN B (306): Zach Riddle 38-35—73, Dana Van Ostrand 40-34—74, Brock De Boer 41-35—76, Ryan Vaden 40-43—83, Luke Meyer 42-44—86.

DORDT (311): Matthew Moen 37-39—76, Will Mulder 39-38—77, Trenton Ribbens 39-39—78, Drake Wrather 39-41—80, Josh Posthuma 42-41—83.

WALADORF (315): Hugo Becerra 37-38—75, Thomas O’Rourke 43-36—79, Chad Hein 40-39—79, Pierce Justin 42-40—82, Zabdiel Flores 45-40—85.

BRIAR CLIFF B (334): Jarod Mau 41-38—79, Tyler Drey 42-39—81, Kyle Behrendt 44-42—86, Andrew Miller 46-42—88, Bobby Beach-Pattison 45-43—88.

DORDT B (341): Mason Faucett 41-37—78, Zach Dykstra 45-40—85, Russell Postmas 42-44—86, Andrew Kaemingk 45-47—92.

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