LRSC's Eric Gullicks shoots a 78 in Round 1 of NJCAA Golf Championship, tied for 66th

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Lake Region State College sophomore Eric Gullicks is tied for 66th out of 120 golfers after the first round of the NJCAA National Golf Tournament.

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When Lake Region State College sophomore men’s golfer Eric Gullicks stepped on the course Tuesday, it was the first time since October he had played competitive golf.

It is a lot to ask of anyone to step up to that first tee at the NJCAA Men’s Golf Championship and compete after an eight-month hiatus. Gullicks isn’t most people, though. He showed the poise of a veteran player when he went out and shot a 78 in his opening round at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

At one point throughout the round, Gullicks reeled off seven straight pars to keep him hovering around +2. All afternoon, Gullicks was out there hunting for birdie putts, he just couldn’t get them to fall.

“I just couldn’t get the putter rolling today,” Gullicks said. “I felt overall though that today went really well.”

“I had one bad hole, but I was pleased with a 78,” he continued. “Hopefully tomorrow I will hit the ball well and get some putts to drop.”

The hole Gullicks is referring to is No. 16, where he struggled his way to a quadruple bogey, his worst hole of the day.

However, Gullicks is staying positive and believes, “There is definitely a lower score out there for me.”

Head golf coach Shane Hersch said that, “Eric played his best golf of the three days we’ve been here this morning.” He continued that tomorrow they hope to, “Build on today’s success and shoot even better tomorrow. We’ll be looking for those birdie putts to drop tomorrow.”

On the day, Gullicks shot a 38 on the front 9, a 40 on the back 9, which gave him an overall score of 78.

That was good enough for +6 and tied for 66th overall out of 120 golfers.

Gullicks will tee off tomorrow at 12:51pm (ET).

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