Monday, April 19, 2010
Three Bucs break par as team races out to nine-stroke advantage
BRASELTON, Ga. (April 19, 2010) - ETSU junior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) and senior Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) recorded matching 3-under 69's to pace the No. 31-ranked Buccaneers to the first-round lead Monday at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Men's Golf Championships hosted by the Legends Course at Chateau Elan.
The duo helped the Bucs to an impressive team total of 7-under par 281, building a substantial nine-shot lead after day one. Mercer (2-over par 290) and No. 20 UNF (3-over par 291) will share the final pairing with ETSU in Tuesday's second round.
Enoch stormed out of the gates, picking up birdies on six of the first 11 holes before slowing down a bit over the closing stretch to finish at 3-under par. While Enoch rode the roller coaster in the first round, Power rallied from a rocky first hole to post his second-best round of the year. ETSU's Paul O'Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) and defending champion Michael Stewart (Troon, Scotland) also scored well for the Bucs, posting rounds of 71 and 72, respectively. O'Kane is currently tied for fourth, while Stewart is tied for eighth.
An ETSU student-athlete has claimed the individual championship in each of the last three seasons.
Seven total players posted sub-par rounds with Campbell's Mitch Gray carding birdies on three of his final five holes to stand just one stroke off the lead with his 2-under 70. Jeff Karlsson (Kennesaw State), William Meason (Mercer) and Brandon Pena (FGCU) each checked in at 1-under 71.
Mercer played the final three holes at 1-over par to move into second place after day one. Three Ospreys grinded out an even-par 72 on day one as the team slipped late in the round with UNF's five competitors combining to shoot 8-over par on the round's final four holes.
The course surrendered 127 birdies in the first round but managed to reclaim some of those strokes by forcing 48 scores of double bogey or worse. Kennesaw State's Ben Greene carded the only eagle of the day, holing out from around 80 yards away on the 515-yard 14th hole.
Play resumes on Tuesday with teams teeing off on both No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:00am. Follow the scores at GolfStat.com.
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