GW Golf Shoots Season-Low Round on Day 2 of Atlantic 10 Championship

Freshmen Howard Hickey (L) and Steve Piela both carded season-best rounds of 1-under 71 to help GW climb to sixth after Day 2 of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday.

April 27, 2013

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Paced by season-best rounds from freshmen Howard Hickey and Steve Piela, the George Washington golf team posted its lowest team score of the year to climb to sixth on a blustery Day 2 of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship.

Hickey and Piela each carded rounds of 1-under par 71 to help the Colonials to a team total of 1-under 287 on the par-72, 7,208-yard Heron Bay Golf Club on Saturday. The 287 total tops the team's previous season low by five shots and moves GW up two spots to sixth place with a two-round 8-over 584.

The Colonials will enter Sunday's third and final round a shot behind fifth-place Richmond (583) and six back of fourth-place Xavier (578). Charlotte leads the 13-team field at 13-under 563, followed by VCU at 6-under 570 and Temple at 5-under 571.

"I'm very proud of the way our guys bounced back from yesterday and handled today's conditions," said head coach Terry Shaffer. "Our freshmen stepped up in a big way and if we can repeat today's performance on Sunday we will be in the hunt for a top-five finish, which would be great for our young team."

Despite hitting just six greens in regulation, Hickey utilized two birdies on the front nine and scrambled to 1-over on the back side to finish with a season-best 1-under 71. He enters Sunday's final round in a three-way tie for 12th at even par 144, just one shot outside the top 10 in the 65-golfer field. Charlotte's Raoul Menard and VCU's Steffen Harm share the tournament's individual lead at 6-under 138.

Piela played his final 13 holes in 3-under, including an eagle on the par-5 16th for the second straight day, to card his 1-under 71. He is in a four-way tie for 19th at 2-over 146.

Sophomore Jack Persons carded a team-high four birdies, including three over the final five holes, for an even-par 72 on Saturday. He is tied for 23rd at 3-over 147.

Freshman Carlos Pena bounced back from a difficult opening round on Friday with three birdies on the back nine on Saturday en route to a 1-over 73. He climbed to a tie for 54th at 14-over 158.

Sophomore Jonathan Dresnick shot a 4-over 76 on Saturday and is tied for 28th at 6-over 150.

GW opens the final round at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday in a pairing with Xavier and Richmond.



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