Dan Ott Leads All Wildcats in Seventh Place at the Buccaneer Invitational After Day One
Monday, April 2, 2012 - Miami Beach, Fla.
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Playing against the top four teams in the country and six ranked teams overall, the Wilmington University golf team more than held its own in the first round of the Buccaneer Invitational presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill at the Normandy Shores Golf Club, but fell to 12th overall at the end of two round on Monday.
The Wildcats were tied for third overall with Golf World/Nike Coaches No. 2 Lynn University after the first round of play on Monday, shooting a 284, three shots off No. 1 Barry and six shots off Canadian powerhouse Laval. But Wilmington couldn’t keep up the pace in the second-18 holes of the day, falling to 12th overall with a 302 and a 586 total.
Junior Dan Ott leads all Wildcats by finishing in seventh, scoring a two-under par after two round on the par-71 course. He opened the scoring with a first round 68 and followed up with a 72 on the second round of the day for a 140. Ott was tied for third after his opening round 68, four strokes off the lead.
PJ Tighe shot an even par second round to finish two-over for the day, tying for 25th with a 144. Andrew Baldo is tied for 28th with a 71-78 two round score, finishing with a 149. John Perrine shot a 72-81-153 and is tied in 67th while Scott Davidson rounded off the Wildcats with a 76-82-158 and tied in 79th.
Playing individually, sophomore Jerry Temple shot a 73-74 two round score and finished in a tie for 37th with a 147 through 18 holes.
After playing two rounds, Tighe is tied in the lead on all par-3 scoring, averaging 2.75 strokes on the shortest holes, finishing with a two under score. Ott is second overall by shooting 12 birdies, trailing Oscar Lengden of Nova Southeastern by one birdie for the first 36-holes. Ott is also one off the lead on par-5 holes, shooting four-under for the day, averaging a 4.33 score on the holes. Perrine also averages 4.33 strokes on par five holes.
As a team, Wilmington is even on all par-3 holes, trailing only Florida Tech who is one under par as a team on the short courses. The Wildcats are also second in birdies for the day, tallying 34 through the first two rounds, but struggled when they didn’t hit birdies, finishing in last place with 91 pars.
Canadian power Laval finished with a 562 total, as did four-time defending champion and host Barry on the par 71, 6805 yard course. Ranked No. 3 CSU-Stanislaus and No. 4 Nova Southeastern are tied for third place with a 568 on day one.
The Buccaneer Invitational concludes on Tuesday with the third and final round of play in Miami Beach.