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Navy Golfers in Second After Opening Day at Patriot League Championship

Junior Chris House is second in the individual standings, just a stroke behind the leader.

Junior Chris House is second in the individual standings, just a stroke behind the leader.

April 27, 2013

2013 Patriot League Championship - Thru 36 Holes

BETHLEHEM, Pa. --  With three golfers positioned comfortably among the top 10, the Navy golf team closed out the opening day of the 2013 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship in second place, trailing tournament leader Lehigh by seven strokes.  Navy is the defending Patriot League Champion and is seeking its seventh men's golf title.

"Everybody's excited about our prospects for tomorrow because we feel like the opportunity is there for us," said Navy head coach Pat Owen.  "This is a challenging course and each time we play it, we've been able to learn a bit more about it.  Not only do you become more familiar, but I think our player were for comfortable on the greens by the afternoon round.  The greens are very fast and sloping, so each time we play, we are able to learn a little more about the intricacies of the greens."

Hosted by Lehigh at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., the Mountain Hawks opened the day with an 11-over par 299 and turned in an 8-over par in the afternoon round to pace the field with a 19-over par 595.  The Midshipmen, meanwhile, were tied with Army for third in the standings following the opening round with a 20-over par 308.  Navy rallied in the second round, posting the low round of tournament by any school with a 6-over par 294 and closed the gap between the Mids and Mountain Hawks.  With a 36-hole 602 (+26), the Mids lead their arch rival Army (609, +33) by seven strokes, followed by Bucknell (619, +43) in fourth, Lafayette (623, +47), Holy Cross (627, +51) and Colgate (639, +63). Bucknell was in second place after the first 18 holes, however, the Bison played a disastrous second round, where they shot a 24-over par 312 and dropped nearly 20 strokes behind the Midshipmen.

Five of Navy's six players are among the top 17, while rookie Zeke Shaffer (Radford, Va.) is just a stroke out of the top 20 in 22nd with a 14-over par 158.  Leading the way for the Mids is junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.), who stands second on the individual leader board with a 2-over par 146.  House, who is making his first appearance at the conference tournament, trails Army's Marcus Plunkett (145, +1) by just one stroke.  The Navy junior opened the tournament with a 2-over par 74 and closed out the day by shooting par.

"We are all excited for Chris and how he played today," added Owen.  "We've all known that he's a strong player and he picked a great time of the year to peak."

Junior David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) turned in rounds of 76 and 75 to finish the day tied for eighth with a 7-over par 151.  Just a stroke behind is 2012 All-Patriot League performer August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.), who opened the day on a sour note with an 8-over par 80.  He regrouped and shot par in the afternoon session to finish the day 8-over and in 10th.

Juniors Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) and Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) also got off to a tough start as both posted 7-over par 79s.  Selby came back to shoot a 3-over par 75 for a 36-hole mark of 10-over par 154 and is in 13th, while Keating stands 17th with a 13-over par 157 after turning in a 6-over par 78 in the second round.

Sunday's final round is slated to begin at 8:00 am with live scoring available via golfstat.com(.)



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