MORGANTON, N.C. – The James Madison men’s golf team is currently seventh after two rounds of the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, Oct. 14. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Appalachian State, is being played at the Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club (Par 70 - 6,718 yards) in Morganton, N.C.
The Dukes shot a 7-over 287 in the morning round to sit in a tie for seventh and then improved three shots in the afternoon for a 4-over 284 and a 36-hole total of 11-over 571. Wofford is in first at 20-under 540, 10 shots clear of Davidson at 10-under 550. Elon and Presbyterian are tied for third at 8-over 568, while host Appalachian State rounds out the top five teams at 9-over 569. Just seven shots separate ninth from third heading into the final 18 holes.
Junior Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) is the top Duke through 36 holes after a 1-over 71 in the first 18 and a 1-under 69 in the second round put him at even-par 140, tied for 13th. Junior Jon Weiss (Florence, S.C./Sumter (Newberry)) is next in a tie for 17th at 1-over 141, including an even-par 70 in the first round. Freshman Ryan Cole (Mount Airy, Md.) is one shot back of Weiss at 2-over 142 in a tie for 23rd. His day also included a 1-under 69, with his coming in the early 18. Freshman Poom Pattaropong (Minburi, Bangkok, Thailand) is tied for 51st at 8-over 148, while senior Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep) is tied for 70th at 12-over 152. Playing as an individual, sophomore Chris Kapsak (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) is tied for 36th at 5-over 145.
There is a three-way tie at the top of the individual leaderboard at 7-under 133, as Todd Eckstein from Davidson, Wofford’s George Perkovich and Ryan Fricker of Bethune-Cookman posted the same scores on the first day. Overall, 12 players are under par through 36 holes.
The Dukes play with Longwood and Bethune-Cookman in the final round.