MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The James Madison men's golf team posted a stellar 7-under team score in the opening round and holds a one-shot lead against the 12-team field after the first day of the Golfweek Program Challenge, Sept. 9. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the True Blue Plantation Course (Par 72 - 6,940 yards) in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
To open the 2012-13 campaign, the Dukes posted a 7-under 281 for a one-shot lead over Campbell at 6-under 282. Boston College is third at 4-under 284, with Northern Iowa in fourth at 1-under 287 and Austin Peay and Western Carolina tied for fifth at even-par 288.
JMU had three players under par in the first round, all of them returners from last season. Senior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) leads the Madison effort with an opening-round 5-under 67 on five birdies and no bogeys to put him in second, one shot ahead of sophomore Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) at 4-under 68 (five birdies, one bogey), who is tied for third. Senior Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) is tied for 12th at 1-under 71, with freshman Tyler Williams (Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Prep), playing in his first collegiate tournament, currently tied for 37th at 3-over 75. Junior Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa. (Malvern Prep.) rounds out the Madison scoring at 6-over 78 in a tie for 53rd. Northern Iowa's Kyle Driscoll is the opening round leader after a 7-under 65.
The Dukes will go off the No. 1 tee starting at 8:20 for Monday's second round, playing with Campbell and Boston College.