WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-The James Madison men's golf team has gotten off to the right start at the 2011 C&F Bank Intercollegiate, as the Dukes currently lead the 24-team field with a 7-under 281 in the first round, March 21. The tournament, hosted by William & Mary, is being played in Williamsburg, Va., at the Woods Course at Kingsmill Resort (Par 72-6,659 yards).
The 281 is the second-best round of the year for Madison and gives the squad a six-shot lead after the first 18 holes over UNC Greensboro, who posted a 1-under 287. USC Upstate is currently third at 3-over 291 with host William & Mary and Binghamton both tied for fourth at 5-over 293.
Four of the Dukes are currently in the top 25 of the 126-player field, with three of them currently in the top 10. Junior Chris Wellde (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) is currently the individual leader, firing a career-best 5-under 67 in the first round, tying for the 10th-best single round in school history. Wellde holds a one-shot lead over Delaware's Justin Martinson and two shots over Jake Katz of Binghamton.
Junior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) is tied for fourth registering a 2-under 70, while sophomore Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) managed a 1-under 71 to help pace the Dukes through round one. Junior Chad Monzingo (Culpeper, Va./Culpeper County) fired a 1-over 73 to round out the Dukes' counters. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) is currently tied for 75th after shooting a 6-over 78.
The second round will be played March 22 at the Woods Course at Kingsmill Resort.