GW Golf's Persons Matches Season-Low on Day 1 at the Greenbrier
Colonials Card Consecutive Sub-300 Rounds, Persons Opens With 69
April 14, 2014
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - GW golf posted back-to-back sub-300 rounds and is in fifth place out of seven teams after the opening 36 holes of the Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational on Monday.
GW shot 19-over-par 299 as a team in the first round, then went lower to 16-over 296 in Round 2 for a Day 1 total of 35-over 595 on the par-70, 6,895-yard Old White TPC course. It marks the Colonials' fifth and sixth sub-300 rounds of 2013-14 and the second time they've recorded consecutive rounds under 300 this season (ODU/OuterBanks Intercollegiate in October 2013).
Tournament co-host Marshall leads at 8-over 568, followed by Old Dominion (+17, 577), William & Mary (+19, 579) and co-host Bowling Green (+22, 582). GW holds a 13-shot advantage over sixth-place Loyola University Chicago (+48, 608) and 25-shot cushion over Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure (+60, 620).
Junior Jack Persons made four birdies en route to a season-low tying 1-under 69 and third place in the 43-player field after the opening round, but dropped into a tie for 12th at 7-over 147 after a second-round 8-over 78.
Sophomore Michael Helton, aided by an eagle on the par-5, 554-yard 17th hole at the conclusion of his second round, recorded a pair of 4-over 74s and is tied for 15th at 8-over 148.
Freshmen Michael Heda and Lucas Farmer both bounced back from 9-over 79s in the first round with a 2-over 72 and 3-over 73, respectively, in Monday's second round. Heda is in 26th at 11-over 151, while Farmer is tied for 27th at 12-over 152, including the second-most pars in the field after 36 holes with 24.
Bowling Green's Jose Narro holds a three-shot lead in the individual standings at 3-under 137 (70-67).
GW completes its regular season with the final 18 holes of the Greenbrier on Tuesday. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., due to expected rain in the forecast.