Lundgren leads Hummingbird Intercollegiate after first-round 66

SAPPHIRE, N.C. – In a tournament field containing seven Division I teams, Oskar Lundgren stands alone atop the leaderboard after a dominant first round at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate hosted by Western Carolina.

Lundgren shot a five-under 66 through the first 18 holes at the nearby Country Club of Sapphire Valley, believed to be the best round in Brevard history. He has a one-stroke lead over three golfers tied for second place and is four strokes ahead of Trym Falch, Lundgren’s next-highest Division II competitor.

The junior from Umea, Sweden had six birdies in his round, including three straight holes on numbers eight through 10. His only bogey came on the par-four 13th, but he responded with a birdie on the 15th and punctuated his round with a final birdie on No. 18 to surge into the lead.

Falch finished in a four-way deadlock for 19th with a one-under 70. Like Lundgren, he began with a three-under 33 on the front nine before closing out an impressive round tied with golfers from Colgate, Elon, and Belmont.

Craig Stephen shot two-over on the par 71 course to finish in a tie for 35th overall. Sebastian Strehl and Steffen Heckle both shot a 79 to round out the Tornado contingent.

Brevard sits in seventh place out of the 11 teams competing, shooting four-over on the day and trailing Wofford by 12 strokes for the team lead. Five of the six teams finishing ahead of Brevard on Sunday compete in Division I. Wingate, the only other South Atlantic Conference school in attendance and spent much of last season in the national rankings, sits eight strokes behind the Tornados in a tie for ninth place.

The teams will play 18 holes in Tuesday’s final round. Heckele will be the first Tornado to tee off at 10:35, with tournament leader Lundgren set to begin his round at 11:15.

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Featured image courtesy of Daniel Hooker, Western Carolina Assistant AD for Media Relations.

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