The Cardinals had a strong start to the tournament, shooting a 285 to sit alone in second place after 18 holes. Grand Valley State University put some early distance between itself and the field with a 271 to take first place.
Three Cardinals are tied for fifth place through the opening round, including Jared Lyons, Brendon Gouin, and Connor Jakacki each shooting a one-under 70. Brady Dice finished with a 75, followed by Gunnar Stein with a 76.
SVSU will look to close the gap with GVSU on day two Saturday at Gull Lake.