Mids Within Striking Distance Following Opening Round at Navy Spring Invitational
April 19, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's golf team put forth a solid effort in the opening day of play at the Navy Spring Invitational, standing within five strokes of the leaders with 17-over par 301. Towson and Saint Francis University turned in a 12-over par 296 to lead the 18-team field after 18 holes of action played Friday at the Naval Academy Golf Club.
"Overall, I thought we had a good day, but the guys are excited to perform even better tomorrow," said Navy head coach Pat Owen, who has led the Mids to Navy Spring Invitational titles five times (1995-03-06-08-10). "Like any other sport, it's only halftime, so we will see what happens in round two. We have high expectations and our guys will try to focus on executing their game plan to the best of their ability and let the results take care of themselves."
Junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot par (71), as he paved the way for the Mids in the opening round where he sits tied for fifth. Senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) is among the top 20 following his 4-over par 75, while classmate Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) is just a stroke behind in 29th. Junior Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) turned in an 8-over par 79 to sit in 53rd, while freshman Connor Tallman stands 60th with a 9-over par 80.
Meanwhile, Navy fielded two additional teams, Navy Gold, which produced a 22-over par 306 and is just a stroke behind defending Navy Spring Invitational champion Penn and Siena who are tied for eighth with a 21-over par 305, and Navy White, which is in 18th with a 37-over par 321.
Team captain David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) and freshman Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.) led the way for the Gold squad with a 4-over par 75, while senior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) sits in 29th just a stroke behind Hall and Terry. Sophomore David Won (Bothell, Wash.) is in 60th with a 9-over par 80, while fellow second-year standout Garrett Moyer (Annapolis, Md.) is in 81st with an 84.
The Mids' White team was paced by sophomore Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.), who carded a 4-over 75 and is tied for 17th. Meanwhile, just four strokes separate the remaining four golfers, as junior Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) is 67th with an 81, sophomore Travis Beach (Dallas, Texas) is 74th with an 82, freshman Ben Allen (San Marino, Calif.) is 78th with an 83 and junior Robert Zieser-Misenheimer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) is 81st with an 84.
Saint Joseph's T.J McNulty holds a comfortable lead over Siena's Michael Shine, Towson's Joe Gunerman and Saint Francis' Shane Crampton who are in a three-way tie for second place. McNulty shot a 4-under par 67, while the second-place trio post a 1-under par 70.
Action concludes Saturday with the final round scheduled to begin at 8:30 am.
### Go Navy ###