Golf in Fifth Place After Friday's First Rd. at A-10 Championship
April 29, 2011
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL -- The George Washington Golf team combined to shoot a 311 in Friday's first round of the 33rd annual Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Golf Championship at the Mission Inn Resort near Orlando. Xavier and defending champion Charlotte are the co-leaders in clubhouse after each opened with a first-rd. 290, 16 strokes ahead of third-place Richmond (306). Temple is currently fourth with a 309 followed by the Colonials in the 11-team field.
Colonials' team MVP, Andres Pumariega, was the low Colonial Friday after carding a 3-over-par 75, good for an 8th-place tie. Pumariega birdied the 10th and 17th holes but bogeyed Nos. 3, 6, 11,15 and 18. Junior Brandon Rukin's 76 has him tied for 11th at four-over. Senior Brendan Barrack tied teammate Martin Liu each shooting 80 and are currently tied for 29th after day one at the par-72, 6,901-yard El Campeon course.
Junior Taylor Fuqua turned in an 81, for 33rd place. After sinking birdie putts on two of his first seven holes, Liu ran into trouble on his 11th hole which began a string of six straight holes with bogey or worse. Fuqua birdied four holes Friday.
The 54-hole tournament resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. for second-round action. The conference champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 1 following the third round.
The Colonials placed fifth at the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship with a team total 917 (298-309-310), 54 strokes behind tournament champion Charlotte (863) but 20 strokes better than the previous year.
Live scoring for all three rounds will be available at www.golfstat.com. For complete coverage of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Golf Championship, including live scoring, log on to www.atlantic10.org