Josh Hedge carded a tournament-best 28 pars on Saturday.
March 10, 2007
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The Xavier men's golf team opened its spring campaign on Saturday, shooting a 590 (+14) for the first two rounds at the Mission Inn Collegiate Invitational. The tournament, hosted by the Musketeers at Mission Inn Resort's El Campeón Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., concludes with 18 holes on Sunday. Seniors John Streibich and Jason Kokrak led the way for XU on day one.
Streibich carded rounds of 71 and 74, while Kokrak posted a 75 and 71 on the par-72, 6,923-yard track. Streibich sits tied for 19th overall at 145 (+1), while Kokrak is a stroke back at 146. Both are within eight strokes of tournament-leader Mike Van Sickle from Marquette.
Van Sickle put rounds of 70 and 68 on the leaderboard and leads by one over Bryan Haase (Eastern Michigan) and Drew Younts (UNC-Greensboro). Younts opened play with a course-record 63 in round one, shattering the previous record by two strokes.
Xavier stumbled out of the gate in its first competitive round since the fall, posting a 299 after 18 holes and sat 12th. The afternoon round saw Xavier finish strong at six-over 291, lifting the Musketeers to ninth - just 10 strokes back of second-place UNCG - heading into tomorrow's final round.
"We showed a lot of fight coming in," said head coach Doug Steiner. "We were six-under over the last 12 holes and that should give us some momentum heading into tomorrow."
Louisville, which leads the tournament at 567 (-9), is the only team under par. UNCG (580), Eastern Michigan (581), Marquette (581) and Charleston Southern (584) round out the top five in the 16-team field. The Cardinals feasted on El Campeón's par-fives, shooting a tournament-best 12-under as a team on Saturday.
Also for Xavier, Josh Hedge shot rounds of 75 and 74 and finds himself tied for 36th at 149. Both Brian Keating (78-73=151) and Alan Glynn (80-73=153) recovered from shaky opening rounds. The pair sits tied for 46th and 55th, respectively.
"We just had a poor putting day over. But the course will be set up a lot tougher tomorrow," said Steiner. "That should give us an opportunity to move up if we can score."
Andy Connell posted a pair of 75's to lead five Musketeers playing individually. Bryan Alred (82-71=153), Michael Beausejour (78-76=154), Kieran Lovelock (78-78=156) and Kyle Hodges (82-75=157) round out that group.
Sunday's final round is set for an 8 a.m. shotgun start.