Mids Stand Third at Service Academy Classic
Oct. 24, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy golf team stands third after two rounds of action at the 2011 Service Academy Golf Classic played Monday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Air Force (622, +46), who has won the tournament 15-conseuctive years, holds a 5-stroke advantage over second-place Army (627, +51) and an 8-stroke lead over the Midshipmen (630, +54) heading into Tuesday's final round.
Air Force opened the tournament with a 16-over par 304, while Navy covered the first 18 holes with a 25-over par 313, followed by Army's 30-over par 318. Ironically, Army scored the low round of the afternoon, registering a 21-over par 309 to close the gap, while Navy posted a 29-over par 317 and the Falcons shot the worst round of the afternoon with a 30-over par 318.
Posting a 6-over par 150, Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland stands atop the individual leader board with a 1-stroke advantage over Army's Matt Philie (151, +7).
"The tournament is wide open and while I don't think we played perhaps our "A" game today, I think we have an excellent chance of refocusing our efforts tomorrow and put together a strong team performance," said Navy head coach Pat Owen. "This is definitely the most difficult course our team has seen this season and it's certainly been a challenge to manage."
Navy sophomore David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) is tied with Army's Anthony Kim for fourth place with a 9-over par 153. Hall opened the day with a 4-over par 76, followed by a 5-over par 77 in the nightcap to complete Monday's 36 holes with a 9-over par 153. Meanwhile, seniors Peter Reilly (Merrimack, N.H.) and Tim Shield (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) are tied for seventh with a 16-over par 160. Reilly began the tournament with a disastrous 12-over par 84, but regrouped and handled the course with ease in the afternoon with a 4-over par 76. Shield scored a 6-over par 78 in the morning round and paired it with a 10-over par 82 to close out the day.
Senior Tyler Kuhn (Louisville, Ky.) (79-82) is among the field's top 10 where he is tied with Air Force's Todd Berglund with a 17-over par 17. Rounding out the field for the Mids were Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) in 12th with a 19-over par 163 and rookie August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) who fell back from eighth (80) to 13th (167) after shooting a 15-over par 87 in the final round.
Meanwhile, an individual competition was held between the three schools. Air Force's Blake Jones turned in the low score among the 12 golfers playing as individuals, holding off Navy senior Collier Jones (Little Rock, Ark.) by just one stroke. Jones put together an 11-over par 155, while Jones played one of the best rounds of afternoon. After posting a 10-over par 82 in the morning session, Jones came back to post a 2-over par 74 to nearly take medalist honors.
Also competing for the Mids on an individual basis were junior Chris Reed (Springfield, Ohio) (163, +19) who tied for sixth, sophomore Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) (165, +21) in ninth, sophomore Sean Murphy (Hudson, Ohio) (167, +23) in 10th, junior Pat Collins (Floral Park, N.Y.) (169, +25) in 11th and newcomer Justin Knisley (West Chester, Pa.) (178, +34) in 12th.