April 20, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With two players ranked among the top 10, the Navy men’s golf team shot a 10-over par 294 on Saturday afternoon to position itself atop the team standings alongside Virginia in the opening round of the two-day, 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational played at the par-71 Naval Academy Golf Club.
“I’m really happy for our guys,” said Navy head coach Pat Owen. “Despite the sunshine, it was not an easy day out there battling the wind. The greens were also very bumpy for all of teh teams today, but I was proud of the attitude we had out there and our course management. I feel like we’ve been working hard, we just haven’t seen our best results come to fruition. As the weather continues to get better, we’ve seen our scores drop.”
Rookie Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) shot par to lead the way for the Mids in the opening round and stands third in the individual standings, while sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) is in seventh place with his 2-over par 73.
Navy junior David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) is a shot behind Jonas in 14th with a 3-over par 74, while junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) is tied for 29th with a 5-over par 76 and junior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) produced a 6-over par 77 to stand 43rd in the standings.
Virginia’s Mac McLaughlin stands atop the individual leader board with a 1-under par 70, while teammate David Pastore turned in a 1-over par 72 and is in fifth place as the Cavaliers also registered a 10-over par 294 in the first round.
Navy and Virginia lead third-place Virginia Tech (296) and Wake Forest (296) by two strokes, while Penn rounds out the top five with a 14-over par 298.
Navy also is fielding “gold” and “white” teams who are 11th and 18th in the standings, respectively. The “gold” squad is anchored by sophomores Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) and Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) in 29th place with a 5-over par 76, while sophomore Brad Elder (Roanoke, Va.) is pacing the “white” team with an identical 5-over par 76.
Sunday’s final round will begin at 8:00 am.
### Go Navy ###