DAVIDSON, N.C. - The James Madison men's golf team sits in fourth after the first round of the 2013 Davidson Invitational, March 4. Due to the frost this morning, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes over the two days, played at River Run Country Club (Par 72 - 7,208 yards).
The Dukes shot an 18-over 306 in the first 18 holes and trails host and first-round leader Davidson by nine shots, as the Wildcats are at 9-over 297. Marshall is in second at 10-over 298, followed by Gardner-Webb at 12-over 300, while JMU and Radford and Campbell tied for fourth at 19-over 307.
Madison is led by senior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) , who posted a 2-over 74 and is tied for seventh. Senior Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) and freshman Chris Kapsak (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) are tied for 19th at 4-over 76, with juniors Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep.) and Ben Firebaugh (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd (Newberry)) tied for 38th at 8-over 80. Playing as an individual, freshman Connor Walters (Salem, Va./North Cross) is teid for 42nd at 9-over 81. Marshall's Nathan Kerns posted the only under-par round of the opening 18, shooting a 1-under 71 to lead by one over Gardner-Webb's Steve Jones, Wofford's Cory Taylor and Jared Carver from Campbell.
The teams will go off No. 1 and 10 for the final round, starting at 8:30 a.m.