Eighteen universities teeed off Monday morning at the American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven, Michigan — the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course — for the first Folds of Honor Collegiate.
On day one, players were treated to a pristine golf course, but winds reaching nearly 20 mph and rain were intermittent throughout the round.
The Seminoles handled the weather well, shooting 1 under in the first round and securing the lead heading into Tuesday’s second round. FSU was led by junior Brett Roberts, who shot a 2-under 70. Despite starting the tournament with a bogey on the 10, Roberts fought back, including birdies on all three par 5s.
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“He just gets better and better and better and better. Again, there’s another example of a Miami player who, as a rookie, wouldn’t have accepted that,” Florida State head coach Trey Jones said. “It really shows his growth, accepting that this is how it’s going to be and he’s come out and played golf really well.”
Liberty’s Jonathan Yaun shot 3 under 69 in the first round. Through 16 holes, the senior was bogey-free. After a drive that fled to the right and missed a 9-footer for par, he bogged the 17, a 428-yard, par-4. Yaun kept his head down and rallied, watching the final hole and finishing with the head of the clubhouse.
“The 18th was really everything today. One shot at a time, staying patient, it really paid off there,” Yaun said. “I remained very patient today. I was really proud of myself, I was just taking one hit at a time. It was really difficult there.
American Dunes was built as a tribute to the United States military and commemorates the birthplace of Folds of Honor. All proceeds from this week’s event go to Honor Folds.
“You know you are playing there for more than yourself. I think that was key for me today too,” Yaun said. “Playing for fallen veterans and the people who fight for our country. It gives me that sense of confidence there. You have to be a warrior under these conditions and they did.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek