HAMPTON, Ga. – September 21, 2009 – The extreme weather cooperated just long enough for the second annual State Farm-Laker Invitational to get its first round in on Monday. And after the opening round, the two highest ranked teams in Division II are deadlocked at the top.

Top-ranked Georgia College and second-ranked Barry share the lead after Monday’s first round of the State Farm-Laker Invitational at Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, hosted by Clayton State. The first day was originally scheduled for two rounds (36 holes), but the second round was called early due to heavy rains. The tournament will be shortened to 36 holes, with the second round set for Tuesday at Crystal Lake.

Both Georgia College and Barry fired a 7-under par 281, and the two teams staked themselves to a three-stroke lead over 24th-ranked Newberry.

Third-ranked Columbus State and Lander are tied for fourth at even-par 288, followed closely by fourth-ranked Lynn in sixth with a 289. Carson-Newman, Queens and UNC Pembroke are each tied for seventh at 291, while 16th-ranked Clayton State, seventh-ranked Florida Southern and Coker are each tied for 10th at 292.

Rounding out the team scoring included Georgia Southwestern and Montevallo tied for 13th at 293, followed by 10th-ranked USC Aiken in 15th at 294. West Georgia rounds out the 16-team field with a 300.

Individually, Newberry’s Daniel Stanley took the lead after the first round with a 6-under 66, tying the tournament single-round low score. Stanley holds a one-stroke lead over Barry’s Chris Carlin, a two-stroke lead over Montevallo’s Jon Henderson and a three-stroke lead over Carson-Newman’s Brad Robinson, Coker’s Christopher Marsh, Lander’s Charlie Hoyle, Georgia College’s Joe Young, Newberry’s Ben Lown and Barry’s Victor Billskoog.

T 10  Coker College  292
T 4  Christopher Marsh  36- 33 69
T 30  John LaDow  38- 35 73
T 39  Jacob Murphy  38- 36 74
T 62  Jared Crane  38- 38 76
T 75  Patrick Kirby  39- 39 78