SOUTHPORT, N.C. - The James Madison men's golf team battled tough course conditions and is currently fourth after the first round of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Golf Championship, April 26. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation (Par 72 - 7,069 yards) in Southport, N.C., with the tournament victor getting the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
Madison shot an 18-over 306 in the first round to sit in fourth. Overall the Dukes that counted for the team score posted five birdies and just one bogey on the final three holes of the day. Drexel is the opening round leader after a 15-over 303, one shot ahead of William & Mary at 304 and two ahead of UNCW at 305. In all, the top five teams are separated by just six shots.
Madison was led by senior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), who shot a 2-over 74 in the first round and is tied for fifth. Vince turned at 3-over and was at 4-over through 13 before birdies at 14 and 18 put him at 2-over for the day. Senior Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) is next at 3-over 75, good for a tie for eighth. Leeper birdied two of the final three holes to shot 1-under 35 on the back nine. Junior Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep) is next at 5-over 77, including rallying with two birdies in the final six holes of his round, to move into a tie for 12th. Freshman Connor Walters (Salem, Va./North Cross) is in a tie for 20th at 8-over 80, while sophomore Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) rounds out the JMU scoring at 14-over 86, tied for 31st.
Drexel's James Braunsberg and Alex Hicks from William & Mary are the first round co-leaders after each shot a 1-under 71 on the opening day.
Madison will play the second round with Delaware, going off No. 1 starting at 9 a.m.