Wilmington Leads NCAA DII Golf Super-Regionals after Round One at Hershey Country Club
Monday, May 7, 2012 - Hershey, Pa.
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Junior PJ Tighe shot a one-over 72 on day one at the super-regionals. Tied for lead
Senior Dan Ott is tied for 31st after the first day in Hershey
After one round of play at the NCAA Atlantic/East Super Regional Golf Tournament, the Wilmington University golf team leads the field of 20, finishing the East Course at the Hershey Country Club with a 301 total while junior PJ Tighe is tied on top of the leaderboard after day one.
Wilmington was one of three teams to hit the links first on Monday morning, pairing up with Atlantic Region favorites Indiana, Pa. and Concord. The East Region favorite Wildcats more than held their own against the opposition.
Sophomore Jerry Temple Jr. was the first to enter the clubhouse for the Wildcats, stepping up his game after the turn. He was the only Wildcat to record a birdie on the back nine, and he sank three to come in with a 34 back nine score, 73 for the round. Temple is tied for fourth on the leaderboard, one back of Tighe and the others in the lead.
Sophomore Andrew Baldo was next in the clubhouse, closing out his round with 13 pars, finishing with a 77 total (+6) and in a tie for 16th overall after the first day. Baldo shot a 38 opening nine before finishing with a 39 after the turn.
Tighe started out on fire on the front nine, shooting a two under 34 with four birdies and was as low as two-under par through the first 10 holes. His play cooled off slightly on the back-nine, as he hit three bogey’s but hit six pars to come into the clubhouse tied with two others atop the leaderboard with a 72 (+1) after day one.
Ott was the final Wildcat to finish as he teed off last while squaring off against IUP and Concord’s top seeded players. Following a 38 front nine, Ott struggled down the stretch, recording four bogeys and a double-bogey to finish the round with a 79 (+8) and in a tie for 34th overall.
The Wildcats are six strokes ahead of IUP (307) and nine shots better than UMass-Lowell (310). St. Thomas Aquinas (312) and Concord (313) round out the top-five after the first 18-holes of the three-day tournament.
Tighe is tied with California’s (Pa.) Jordan Eck and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Thomas Lineham who also finished with a +1 72 for the individual lead. Temple is knotted with UMass-Lowell’s Joshua Mau and American International’s Nathan Pereira Who shot a 73 and is tied in fourth.
Other Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference teams competing in the Super Regional are Post and Goldey-Beacom. Post finished with a 316 (+32) and in a tie for seventh while Goldey-Beacom shot a 323 (+39) and is in a tie for 13th after one day in Hershey.
Wilmington has the late scheduled tee-times tomorrow, as Temple is the first in the box starting at 12:00 p.m. Each of the following golfers will succeed Temple and his trio on ten minute intervals.
Opened in 1969, the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club is a golf enthusiast's dream, featuring elevated greens, three sparkling lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania’s countryside with views that golfers can appreciate on every hole. The course boasts numerous natural hazards, rolling fairways, and daunting greens, stretching 7,061 yards with a rating of 74.5 and a slope of 136. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese's Cup Classic, an event on professional golf's development tour.
2012 NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Golf Super Regional
1 – Wilmington 301
2 – IUP 307
3 – UMass-Lowell 310
4 – St. Thomas Aquinas 312
5 – Concord 313
6 – California, Pa. 314
7 – Bluefield State 316
7 – Post 316
9 – Charleston 320
10 – Davis & Elkins 322
10 – Goldey-Beacom 322
12 – Bentley 323
13 – Fayetteville St. 324
14 – Dowling 325
15 – Clarion 327
16 – American International 329
17 – Mercyhurst 331
18 – Adelphi 332
19 – West Chester 334
20 – Franklin Pierce 342