George Washington Leads After Opening Round of Navy Spring Golf Invitational
April 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- All three Navy squads stand among the top 15 following the opening round of the 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational held Saturday at the Naval Academy Golf Course, including the Navy gold squad which is anchored by senior Collier Jones (Little Rock, Ark.).
George Washington turned in a 7-over par 291 to pace the 20-team field, while edging Columbia and Georgetown by just one stroke. Meanwhile, Penn stands fourth with a 10-over par 294, followed by Villanova in fifth with an 11-oer par 295.
Georgetown's Brian Dorfman and George Washington's Taylor Fuqua are atop the individual leader board with a 1-under par 70. The duo hold just a 1-stroke advantage over four players hailing from other schools, including Penn's PJ Fielding who is competing as an individual.
The Navy gold squad is well within reach of the leaders, as it sits in a tie with Saint Joseph's for seventh with a 14-over par 298. Jones, who came into the tournament with a 76.5 stroke average for the year, paced the gold team with his 1-over par 72 and is tied for seventh in the individual standings. Just outside of the top 10 is sophomore Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.), who is just a stroke behind with a 2-over par 73. Rounding out the scoring for the Mids' gold squad are Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) in 48th (76, +5), senior Tyler Kuhn (Prospect, Ky.) in 58th (77, +6) and sophomore Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) in 107th (84, +13).
The Navy blue squad, which is considered the Mids' top team, sits in 13th place after registering a 20-over par 304. Second-year standouts Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) and David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) lead the way in 24th with a 3-over par 74. Meanwhile the reigning Patriot League Player of the Month, Peter Reilly (Merrimack, N.H.), is in 48th with a 5-over par 76, followed by rookie August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) in 84th with a 9-over par 80 and team captain Tim Shield (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) in 99th with a 12-over par 83.
Just a stroke behind the blue team is Navy's white time, primarily made up of Navy newcomers. Freshman Colby Lederer (Levittown, Pa.) turned in a 4-over par 75 to stand 33rd after the opening round and lead the way for the white squad. In addition to Lederer, rookie Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) is 48th with a 5-over par 76 and junior Chris Reed (Springfield, Ohio), along with freshmen Justin Knisely (West Chester, Pa.) and Brad Elder (Roanoke, Va.) are in 58th with a 6-over par 77.
Navy also has three players who are competing as individuals. Senior Matt Buss is 90th with a 10-over par 81, rookie Robert Zieser-Misenheimer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 99th with a 12-over par 83 and junior Pat Collins (Floral Park, N.Y.) is 109th with a 14-over par 85.
The teams will be back out on the course, weather permitting, at 8:30 am on Sunday. With an anticipated 30-degree drop from Saturday to Sunday, storms are expected to blanket the entire Eastern Seaboard on Sunday with more than an inch of rain in the forecast.
### Go Navy ###