The Dalton State College men's golf team finished the first day of the NAIA National Championship at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, with a 35-over-par team score of 319.

At press time, the No. 4-ranked Roadrunners sat in second to last place in a 30-team field, with several teams still on the course having not finished their first round.

"We didn't play well," Dalton State coach Ben Rickett said. "We didn't handle the wind well, didn't handle our emotions well. It's a hard course as it is, but again we have to do a lot of things better."

Zach Womack led Dalton State, shooting a seven-over-par 78, while Ben Rebne shot an eight-over-par 79. The team will tee off at 3 p.m. local time today for the second day of the tournament and needs to be in the top 17 to advance to the final two days of the championship.

"There's a lot of golf left, but the goal right now is to make the cut," Rickett said. "We've gotta approach this as a challenge. I'm gonna see tomorrow how much fight these guys have. We've set expectations at Dalton State and not making a cut at the national championship isn't part of those expectations."

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