POWELLS POINT, N.C. - The James Madison men's golf team posted an opening-round 293 to sit in a tie for eighth at the ODU-Outerbanks Collegiate Golf Tournament, Oct. 23. The three-day, 54-hole event is being contested at the Kilmarlic Golf Course (Par 72 - 6,535 yards) in Powells Point, N.C.
The Dukes shot a 5-over 293 in the first round of the tournament and are tied with Louisville. Last year's national runner-up Georgia is the first-round leader after a stellar 17-under 271, 10 shots better than Liberty in second at 7-under 281. Maryland is third with an even-par 288, with Old Dominion sitting in fourth at 1-over 289. George Washington and Winthrop round out the top five places in a tie for fifth at 3-over 291.
Freshman Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) leads the Madison effort, posting a personal best 3-under 69 in the first 18. Junior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) is next in a tie for 15th at even-par 72, while senior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) posted a 3-over 75. Senior Chris Wellde (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) is currently tied for 62nd at 5-over 77. Junior Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) was disqualified in the opening round, forcing the use of the four others for the team score for the round. Georgia has three players under par for the opening round, led by tournament leader T.J. Mitchell with an opening-round record 8-under 64, one shot better than teammate Keith Mitchell at 7-under 65.
The Dukes will start their second round off No. 1 at 9:15 a.m., playing with George Washington and Delaware.