HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kyle Driscoll got off to a strong start to highlight the University of Northern Iowa’s opening day at the Missouri Valley Conference men’s golf championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Driscoll drained five birdies in an opening-round 68, then slipped to a second-round 77 but is still tied for fifth overall at 145. He was fourth at the MVC tournament a year ago.

UNI’s Dustin Atkinson and David Spengler are tied for 23rd at 151 heading into Tuesday’s final round. UNI shares eighth place with Loyola in the team standings.

MVC Championship

TEAM STANDINGS — 1. Southern Illinois 582, 2. Wichita St. 587, 3. (tie) Illinois St., Missouri St. 589, 5. Bradley 599. 6. (tie) Drake, Evansville 601, 8. (tie) Northern Iowa, Loyola 609.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS — 1. Peyton Wilhoit (S. Ill.) 68-73—141, 2. Trent Wallace (Ill. St.) 73-69—142, 3. Grant Bennett (Wich. St.) 71-72—143, 4. Drake Bushong (Brad) 71-73—144, 5. (tie) Brandon Carlson (S. Ill.) 74-71—145, Kyle Driscoll (N. Iowa) 68-77—145.

UNI — T5. Driscoll 68-77—145, T23. Dustin Atkinson 79-72—151, David Spengler 76-75—151, T42. Eric Sikkema 79-83—162, 45. Jacob Bermel 81-85—166.

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