Kennedy and Coulter impress Stateside

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Max Kennedy. Photo by @melmaclaine

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Max Kennedy shot a two-over 74 in the opening round of the Blessings Collegiate Invitational as Louisville moved into the top-5 on the team leaderboard.

Louisville are on seven-over overall with no team member breaking par and they are eleven shots behind leaders Arkansas.

Kennedy of Royal Dublin is inside the top-20 on the individual standings as he looks to build on last week’s top 10 finish.

The Dubliner carded birdies on the second and thirteenth but also threw in four dropped shots on the fourth, eleventh, fourteenth and sixteenth. At two-over he is nine shots behind Kansas man Gunnar Broin.

Mark Power and Wake Forest made an uncharacteristically slow start to the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invite with the Deacs stranded in ninth place out of 16.

Power has carded rounds of 72 and 73 in his opening 36 holes to lie on five-over, eleven shots off the halfway pace set by Bartley Forrester of Georgia Tech.

Meanwhile Beth Coulter shot up nineteen places in the weather affected Windy City Collegiate as she settles in at Arizona State University.

After an opening round of 75 at Exmoor Country Club, the Kirkistown teenager returned that afternoon to shoot a level-par 72 and remain on three-over.

Play was suspended overnight with the Irish Close winner in seventh place eleven shots adrift of Amari Avery.

Coulter is the leading player for ASU who are seventh in the team leaderboard.

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