Farmer's Ace Highlights GW Golf's First Day at Adams Cup of Newport
Freshman Tied for Seventh at 1-Under, Aided by Hole-in-One
Sept. 16, 2013
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Freshman Lucas Farmer made a hole-in-one on the fifth hole of his collegiate career en route to a two-round 1-under-par 143 to lead GW golf on the first day of the Adams Cup of Newport on Monday.
Farmer, who started play on the 18th hole, rode the momentum of his early ace to a first round 1-under 71, then followed up with an even-par 72 to sit in a two-way tie for seventh place in the 90-golfer field along with UCF's Linus Vaisanen, 10 shots behind 36-hole leader Ryan Fricker (-10) of Bethune-Cookman.
Farmer's hole-in-one came via a 7-iron on the 182-yard 4th hole of the par-72, 7,244-yard Newport National Golf Club. "I didn't know it went in until we got up to the green and checked the hole," said the rookie of his second career ace. "I was a little amped heading to the next hole, but you don't want to be too excited. I just wanted to stay in the process, just stay conservative and attack when I can," added Farmer.
"Lucas played great golf today, he stuck to our game plan and was really thinking about where to put himself so he had an opportunity to attack," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost, who like Farmer was making his GW debut on Monday.
As a team, GW is in 13th place out of 16 teams with a 36-hole team total of 47-over 623. The Colonials were in 11th place after Round 1 with a 22-over 310, before falling to 13th following a Round 2 of 25-over 313.
Three-time defending champion UCF enjoyed a 26-shot cushion after a first round 15-under 273, but surrendered 11 shots to second-place Bethune-Cookman in Round 2 and now paces the field by 15 shots at 11-under 565.
Sophomore Michael Helton rebounded from an opening round 10-over 82 with a second round 6-over 78 and is in 69th place at 16-over 160. Junior Jack Persons is tied for 70th at 17-over 161 after rounds of 80 and 81, while classmate Jonathan Dresnick is tied for 74th at 18-over 162 after carding an 80 and 82. Senior Graham Lawyer turned in a 7-over 79 in Round 1 before fading to a 12-over 84 and is in 78th place at 19-over 163.
GW completes Adams Cup play on Tuesday with 18 holes at Newport National Golf Club.