MORGANTON, N.C.  – Senior D.J. Magee shot a season-best 69 in the first round and three other Bison had rounds within two shots of par (70) as the Bucknell men’s golf team opened play at the Donald Ross Invitational Monday at Mimosa Hills Golf Club. The teams played 36 holes and the Bison are in seventh place out of 10 teams with a 286-294-580. The event will wrap up with 18 more holes on Tuesday.

Bucknell’s first-round 286 was the team’s second-lowest round of the year, trailing only a 285 at the Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational last weekend.

All five Bison entered in the field were within two shots of each other as Connor O'Brien led the way with a 72-74-146. He is tied for 22nd place as both scores were below his season average of 75.3.

Peter Bradbeer (71-76-147), Ashton Radvansky (77-70-147) and Magee (69-78-147) were part of a seven-way tie for 27th place, while Jubal Early (74-74-148) is in a tie for 34th place in the 57-player field. Magee’s 69 was the lowest figure by a Bison on the day and it was his best score this season by five strokes.

Zachary Melnick (72-80-152) and J.B. Thompson (78-74-152) played as individuals and are in a tie for 47th place.

High Point is in first place in the team standings by nine strokes over second-place Towson after shooting a 562. Bucknell is just three strokes behind sixth-place Wingate. Pfeiffer’s Zach Weaver is in first place in the individual standings after shooting 70-66-136 on the opening day of the two-day event.

The Donald Ross Invitational will wrap up Tuesday.