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SILVIS, Ill. | Northwestern College’s men’s golf team is in 18th place with a 299 following Tuesday’s first-round action at the NAIA Championships held at TPC Deere Run.

Keiser University has a 279-280 lead over both Coastal Georgia and Taylor going into today’s action. Coach Aaron Aberson’s Red Raiders are tied with William Penn and both teams are within 10 strokes of sixth place.

Individually, Colton Kooima and Austin Reitz are each tied for 43rd at 73. Kooima opened up with a 37 and shot an even-par 36 on the back nine while Reitz strung together round of 36 and 37.

Evan Schuler shot a 75 (39-36) for the Red Raiders while Justin Kraft, the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s player of the year in each of the last two seasons, rounded off the scoring with a 78 (37-41).

Kraft and Reitz went into Northwestern’s fourth straight national tournament appearance with team-beat 75.5 scoring averages.

Northwestern is also represented at the tournament by Zach Riddle (37-42).

First-round Jack Dyer of Keiser shot a five-under-par round of 66. Dyer heads into today’s action with a one-stroke lead over Taylor’s Alec Dutkowski while three players are at 68 – Mitch Lamping (Taylor), Erik Jonasson (Keiser) and Chip Thompson (Coastal Georgia).

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