Sep 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's golf team began the 2013-14 season on Saturday under great conditions with the Navy Fall Classic. The Midshipmen fielded three teams - Navy Blue, Gold, and White - with Blue squad tied for seventh place with a score of 303 (+19) after the opening 18 holes. The Navy White and Gold squads are currently in ninth and tenth place after shooting 305 (+21) and 311 (+27), respectively.
"It was a great day for scoring at the Naval Academy Golf Course, and unfortunately, our veterans could not take advantage of the conditions.," stated head coach Pat Owen. "Today was the first match for a handful of our golfers, so there was some jitters."
Towson (280, -4) leads the field, followed by Georgetown (290, +6), Saint Joseph's (292, +8) and College of Charleston (293, +9).
Navy junior August Jonas of the Blue team led the way for Navy on Saturday at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club as he carded a 3-over par 74 and is tied for 16th place.
"Auggie (August Jonas) played well for us today," said head coach Pat Owen. "I feel confident that our four seniors will perform better in round two as we attempt to move up the leaderboard."
Jonas will have to play at the top of his game if he wants to catch Towson's Joe Gunerman. Gunerman shot an 18-hole best four-under 67, including a stellar 31 on the front nine, through Round One to lead the pack.
All three Navy squads got off to a slow start to begin the year, but the Midshipmen will look to improve on their scores in Round Two on Sunday.
Junior Robert Zieser led Navy's White squad with four-over 75 and sophomore Zeke Shaffer paced Navy's Gold team with a four-over 75, as well.
"In order for us to be successful tomorrow, we need to be a little more patient and relax out there on the course," stated Owen.
The 36-hole Navy Fall Classic will resume on Sunday as the 10 teams will begin teeing off at 8 a.m.