Madison College | Joe Cayer

Madison College | Joe Cayer

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Madison College freshman Joe Cayer posted one of the top scores on opening day of the 2019 NJCAA Division III men's golf championships on the Lake Course at Chautauqua Golf Club.

However, the WolfPack, making its seventh national appearance and first since 2015, posted a 357 team score to sit last among the 11 teams.

Cayer, a Madison native, registered four birdies on the day to finish in a six-way tie for fourth place at 4-over-par 76, one shot off the pace. Cayer carded a 4-over 39 on the front nine, followed by an even-par 37 on the back.

His four birdies ties him for the most of anyone in the 85-player field, while he also ended the day tied for the best average score on par 5's with a 4.40 as he was 3-under on the course's five par-5 holes.

Freshman Connor Rufenacht signed off on a first round score of 17-over-par 89 to claim a tie for 65th place. The Verona native went 44-45 and was one of 11 players to record three birdies on the day.

Freshman Harrison Ernstmeyer of Reedsburg shot 92 and is in 74th place. Freshman Cole Salzman of Lodi shot 100 and is in 83rd place.

As a team, Madison College is two shots back of 10th-place Nassau Community College (NY) and 11 strokes behind ninth-place Northampton Community College (PA). Defending national runner-up Sandhills Community College (NC) owns a one-shot lead over last year's third place team Georgia Military College with a 314. Minnesota State Community & Technical College is third at 317.

The WolfPack combined for seven birdies, which is tied for the fourth most of any team in the field, however, they sits last in pars and last in par 3 scoring after 18 holes.