GW Golf in Seventh After First Round of Navy Spring Invitational

Freshman Carlos Pena carded his third-best round of the season - a 2-over 73 - to keep GW within seven shots of the lead after Day 1 at the Navy Spring Invitational.

April 20, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - George Washington golf sits seven shots back in seventh place after Day 1 of the Navy Spring Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club.

GW totaled a 17-over par 301 after 18 holes at the par-71, 6,611-yard Naval Academy Golf Club on Saturday, seven shots behind opening round co-leaders Navy and Virginia. Virginia Tech, which is receiving votes in the latest GolfWorld/Nike Coaches' Poll, and No. 25 ranked Wake Forest are tied for third at 12-over, Penn is fifth at 14-over and LIU Brooklyn is sixth at 16-over. The team total of 301 is GW's third-best single-round showing of the 2012-13 campaign.

The Colonials are three shots clear of eighth place Bucknell and nine shots ahead of 12th-place Saint Joseph's, the only other Atlantic 10 program in the 21-team field. GW and SJU will meet next week when the Colonials look to defend their title at the A-10 Championship.

Sophomore Jack Persons and freshman Carlos Pena are amongst a pack of seven players tied for seventh with identical rounds of 2-over 73, three shots off the 1-under pace set by Virginia's Mac McLaughlin and Wake Forest's Evan Beck. The round of 73 matches Pena's second-best round of his rookie season.

Sophomore Jonathan Dresnick is tied for 16th following a 4-over 75. Freshman Howard Hickey is tied for 72nd after carding a 9-over 80, and classmate Steve Piela is tied for 80th out of 105 golfers following a 10-over 81.

GW will look to sustain Saturday's momentum over into Sunday's final round for its best finish of the season to date. Last spring, the Colonials placed second at the same Navy event before setting a new 36-hole A-10 Championship record of 8-under en route to the program's first conference crown.



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