GW Golf in Fourth After Day 1 of 2014 A-10 Championship
All Five Colonials in Top Half of 50-Player Field Following Opening Round
April 25, 2014
LUTZ, Fla. - Paced by junior Jack Persons' 4-over-par 75, GW golf is in fourth place after Friday's first round of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at the TPC Tampa Bay.
As a team, GW fired a 20-over-par 304 to sit in fourth out of 10 teams after Day 1, three shots behind third-place Dayton and three ahead of fifth-place George Mason. League favorite VCU holds the early lead at 2-over 286, with Richmond six shots back at 8-over 292.
All five Colonials recorded rounds below Friday's field scoring average of 78.28 and are in the top half of the 50-player field following the opening 18 holes on the par-71, 6,898-yard TPC Tampa Bay layout.
"We played well in the middle of today's round, but gave away some shots at the beginning and end which kept us from being within striking distance of the leaders," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "If we can put together some consistently good rounds over the next two days, we have an opportunity to climb the standings and exceed our expectations."
Persons carded a team-high three birdies on Friday and is just outside the top 10 in a tie for 11th at 4-over 75. VCU's Adam Ball and St. Bonaventure's Josh Stauffer hold the early individual lead at 3-under 68.
Sophomore Michael Helton and freshman Lucas Farmer are tied for 15th after matching opening-round 5-over 76s. Helton registered birdies on the 7th and 16th holes, while Farmer rolled in a birdie on the par-4 3rd.
Rookie Michael Heda was one of just two players to birdie the par-4, 452-yard 15th, the second-most difficult hole on Friday, and is tied for 21st at 6-over 77. Sophomore Steve Piela made back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes and is tied for 24th at 7-over 78.
The Colonials will be paired with Revolutionary Rival George Mason and Saint Joseph's in Saturday's second round beginning at 9 a.m. Fans can once again follow live scoring via the Atlantic 10 and GolfStat, as well as action and updates via @GW_Golf on Twitter and gw_golf on Instagram.