Hickey Paces GW Golf on Day 1 of Atlantic 10 Championship

Freshman Howard Hickey's 1-over 73 leads GW after Friday's first round of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship.

April 26, 2013

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Freshman Howard Hickey matched his season-low for the third time in as many tournaments with a 1-over par 73 to lead George Washington golf to eighth place after Day 1 of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship.

Hickey recorded four birdies en route to his round of 73 on the par-72, 7,208-yard layout at Heron Bay Golf Club. He is currently in a seven-way tie for 18th in the 65 golfer field.

GW posted a team total of 9-over 297 to sit in eighth place, just six shots outside the top five, after 18 holes of the three-day, 54-hole event. The defending champion Colonials were in the final pairings of the opening round and had to contend with steady winds of 15-20 mph during the afternoon.

"Our top four played very well considering the conditions," said head coach Terry Shaffer. "We will be out early tomorrow with more favorable conditions and have our chance to go low."

Sophomore Jonathan Dresnick posted a solid round of 2-over 74 with a birdie and three bogeys and is tied for 25th. Sophomore Jack Persons and freshman Steve Piela are both tied for 38th following rounds of 3-over 75. Persons posted back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10, while Piela played Heron Hill's four par-5's in 3-under, including an eagle on No. 16. Rookie Carlos Pena carded a 13-over 85.

Preseason favorite Charlotte navigated the afternoon wind to take the opening day lead at 10-under 278, while conference newcomer VCU took advantage of light morning winds to fire a 9-under 279. Temple was the only other team to break par at 1-under 287. Rhode Island's Branden Chicorka fired the low round of Friday with a 6-under 66 to help the Rams to fourth place at 2-over 290.

Play resumes on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., with the Colonials set to tee off at 9:00 a.m.



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