POWELLS POINT, N.C. - The James Madison men's golf team struggled in the opening round and is in 13th place after the first 18 holes of the Old Dominion/OBX Collegiate, Oct. 21. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Kilmarlic Golf Club (Par 72 - 6,560 yards) in Powells Point, N.C.
The Dukes were unable to keep pace with the top part of the field, counting two scores of 80 or more en route to a 23-over 311 to finish the first round in 13th. Georgia Southern is the opening round leader at 2-over 290, five shots ahead of host Old Dominion and Richmond tied for second at 7-over 295. VCU is currently fourth at 10-over 298, with Radford and George Mason tied for fifth at 11-over 299. Other Colonial Athletic Association foes in the field include Delaware (eighth), Drexel (tied for ninth) and Hofstra (14th).
Freshman Connor Walters (Salem, Va./North Cross) and senior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) lead the Dukes in the first round, as they are tied for 25th after each posted a 3-over 75. Junior Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa. /Malvern Prep.) is next in a tie for 64th as he shot an 8-over 80, with junior Ben Firebaugh (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd (Newberry)) one shot back at 9-over 81 in a tie for 72nd. Sophomore Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) is the final Duke at 10-over 82, currently tied for 77th.
Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes is the opening round leader after shooting a 6-under 66 in the first 18, three shots better than Stuart Kaufman of Elon and VCU's Jake McNulty at 3-under 69. Old Dominion's Jamison Randall is next in fourth at 2-under 70, with Ben Feld of Drexel and Colin McDade of Richmond tied for fifth at 1-under 71.
The Dukes will open the second round off No. 1, starting at 8:30 a.m. and playing with Hofstra and George Washington.