Senior Andy Pope fired a first-round 69 (-3) to lead four Xavier players with rounds below par.
May 5, 2006
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - The Xavier University men's golf team opened play in impressive fashion at the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship as four of the five individuals competing for XU turned in rounds below par. As a team, the Musketeers fired an 11-under par 277 to lead the 13-team field and hold a five-shot advantage over second-place Charlotte and Rhode Island after 18 holes on the Panther Lake Golf Course at the Orange County National Golf Center.
XU's first round of 277 (-11) is its lowest round of the season, beating the previous best of 278 (-10) set during the final round of the Herb Wimberly Invitational on Nov. 1 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Senior captain Andy Pope led XU on day one with a 68 (-4) including an eagle on the par-5, No. 7 where he nailed his approach shot over the lake and putted in from about a yard out. Pope is tied with three others for the individual lead in the field of 65.
Juniors Jason Kokrak and John Streibich each fired rounds of 3-under par (69) and are just one shot off the lead. Andy Connell was also under par on the day as the freshman finished with a 71 (-1). Freshman Mike Beausejour completed the Xavier lineup with a round of 78 (+6).
XU will return to the course on Saturday, May 6, for the second round of the A-10 Championship. The Musketeers will tee off at 8:00 a.m. and will be paired with Charlotte and Rhode Island.