Jonas Leads the Pack, Navy Stands Third at Patriot League Men's Golf Championship
April 26, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Navy junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) put together a pair of 69s (-2) to stand atop the individual leader board, while the Mids stand third in the team standings after turning in a 26-over par 586 through the first 36 holes of the 2014 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship played Saturday at the West Point Golf Course.
"I'm pleased with the way we played collectively today," said Navy head coach Pat Owen. "This is a close-knit group, who has put a great deal of effort into preparing for this tournament. This is a very challenging course and I think we've done a good job of managing it through two rounds."
Four of Loyola's six golfers stand among the top 10, as the Patriot League newcomer Greyhounds are leading second-place Army by 5 strokes. Loyola leads the standings with a 10-over par 570 (287-283), while the host Black Knights' second-round score marked the lowest round of the day by any school with a 280 (E).
Navy opened the day with a 14-over par 294 and finished the day with a 292 trail Army by 11 strokes with a 586 (26). Lehigh, meanwhile, slipped from second to fourth after carding a 21-over par 301 in the second round to finish the day 34-over (594). Colgate is in fifth (603, +43), followed by Bucknell (605, +45), Holy Cross (616, +56) and Lafayette (618, +58).
Jonas was the lone player on the afternoon to shoot two rounds under par (69-69), as he holds a 1-stroke advantage over second-place Peter Kim of Army and Loyola's Jimmy Dengler. Kim opened the day with a 3-over par 73, but shot the day's low round over the second 18 holes where he was 4-under. Meanwhile, Dengler was just a shot over after the opening 18 and followed up with a 2-under 68 in the afternoon round.
Jonas was over par in the early holes of the second round, but on the par-3 sixth hole he sank a 20-foot shot for birdie and the following hole, he used a 3-iron and sent his shot from 235 yards out over the pond to four feet from the cup and sank his putt for an eagle. He was able to stay under par the rest of the way.
"I'm thrilled for Augie," added Owen. "He's played a good tournament, but he left a little bit out on the course with a few mistakes. I think he's certainly capable of putting together another strong round and remain in contention for medalist honors."
Navy senior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) is just outside of the top 10 in 13th after producing an 8-over par 148. Selby struggled in the opening round where he shot a 6-over par 76, but regrouped nicely with a 2-over par 72 in the afternoon. Rookie Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.), meanwhile, is just a stroke behind Selby in 16th, posting a 74 over the first 18 and a 75 to close out the day.
Senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) stands 20th with an 11-over par 151 (5-76), followed by junior Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) in 25th with a 154 (76-78) and senior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) in 32nd with a 156 (79-77).
Sunday's final round of the 2014 Patriot League Championship is set to begin at 8:00 am and the Mids, paired with Loyola and Army, are due to tee-off at 9:00 am.
### Go Navy ###