ADA, Mich. – Senior Ian Rinken carded eight birdies en route to a five-under par 67 to lead the Taylor men's golf team to a record breaking round of 286 (-2) on day one of the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate.
Defending Crossroads League tournament champion Trey Turner joined Rinken in red numbers with a 71 on the 6,865-yard, par-72 layout at Egypt Valley Country Club. Taylor also counted a 73 from junior Mitch Lamping while sophomore Alec Dutkowski birdied his final two holes for a 75. Nick Waskom finished at 76 and was Taylor's drop score.
Taylor's team score of 286 is the lowest team score in program history. The Trojans carded a round of 287 last week at the Saint Francis Invitational as well as in last year's Crossroads League Championship.
TU is seeking its third straight tournament title and fourth of the fall season and will enter Tuesday's final round with a six shot lead over Madonna and a ten shot lead over Lawrence Tech.
Taylor also got solid play from its "B" team with senior Nathan Edwards firing a round of even par 72 followed by freshman Scottie Marston at 75. Senior Jordan Hall added a 79 while sophomore Jeremy Ray and freshman Nate Morris each carded 81's. Josh Stimmel (82), Seth Neal (84), and Noah Miller (86) also competed for the Trojans.
Rinken holds a two shot lead over Lawrence Tech's Josh Dirlam in the individual medalist race while Turner sits in a tie for fifth and Edwards is in seventh place.
Tuesday's final round is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start at 10:00 am.