Sept. 28, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Despite shooting under par in each match, the Navy men's golf team finds itself trailing Army 3.5-0.5 after play concluded Saturday in the annual Star Match between the two teams. Each of the four matches in today's fourball (better ball) format reached at least the 17th green.
"Going into today," said Navy head coach Pat Owen, "if I was told we would shoot under par in every match and only manage one-half of a point, I would have been very surprised. The golf course was not set up to be easy. It was pretty difficult. The hole locations were tricky. I thought we chipped and putted really well today. The end result was not for a lack of effort or execution.
"I thought our team played really well today. Unfortunately for us, Army just played better."
The opening match of the four saw Navy's David Hall (Sr., Huntersville, N.C.) and Chris House (Sr., Raleigh, N.C.) finish all square against Joe Kozlak and Eric Peng. Though the overall score posted by a team does not count in match play, Navy's duo combined to shoot a 4-under par 67.
Army would win each of the remaining three matches by the identical score of 3 and 1.
"You have to give the credit to Army," said Owen. "I thought our guys were well prepared and executed their game plans to the best of their abilities."
The two teams will play seven singles matches starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. A team needs to total six points to win the overall match.
#1 - David Hall and Chris House (N) All Square vs. Joe Kozlak and Eric Peng (A)
#2 - Harrison Florence and Marcus Plunkett (A) def. Bobby Keating and Garrett Moyer, 3 and 1
#3 - Peter Kim and Justin Pagila (A) def. Augie Jonas and Devin Terry
, 3 and 1
#4 - Brandon Baerwaldt and Robby Hill (A) def. Drew Selby
and Zeke Shaffer
, 3 and 1