Wildcats Golf in 6th Place After First Round at Highly Competitive Buccaneer Invitational
Monday, April 1, 2013 - Miami Beach, Fla.
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Senior John Perrine shot a low round 72 (+1) for the Wildcats, as the team is tied for 6th after one round at Barry. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
After 35 holes and nearly 12 hours of golf, the Wilmington University golf team sits in a tie for sixth place at the Buccaneer Invitational with most players needing to finish one hole to on Tuesday morning to complete the second round. The Wildcats shot a 295 in the first round at Normandy Shores Golf Club on Monday.
Senior John Perrine led the Wildcats with a one over 71, tying for 13th overall out of 84 golfers. PJ Tighe and Andrew Baldo each shot identical 74’s to finish in a tie for 30th overall. Both Tighe and Baldo also shot 37 on each the front and back nine holes. Andrea Lunding rounded out the Wildcats scoring on Monday with a 75, tying for 40th overall.
Playing against four teams ranked in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Top 25 NCAA Division II poll releases last Wednesday, the Wildcats trail only No. 2 Barry (284), No. 1 Nova Southeastern (286), Eckerd College, No. 5 Lynn (291), and Brevard CC (294), while tying for sixth with Central Missouri who received votes. No. 22 Georgia Southwestern is also in the field, as well as Florida Tech, and Saint Leo, all who received votes in the latest poll.
Perrine led all scorers on the Par 3 holes, finishing the first round at two under par, averaging 2.50 strokes on the Par 3 holes. He was the only player to finish at two under on Par 3’s. Tighe was eighth on Par 4 holes, coming away all square on the holes for even par. Lunding and Perrine were tied for seventh in the tournament with four birdies each during the opening 18 holes.
Three additional Wildcats are also taking part in the Buccaneer Invitational, playing as individuals. Jerry Temple led the three Wildcats with a 46th place finish, shooting a 76 (+5) for the first round. Matt DiEleuterio and Tomasz Pulsakowski each tied for 72nd overall with a first round 80.
Shortly after the first round was completed, the skies opened up with heavy rains over Miami, lasting for nearly an hour and a half. But the tournament stuck through the rain and sent the players back out, hoping to be able to get through the rest of the second round. Some groups were able to get all 18 holes in before dark set in, while others will return to their holes and finish tomorrow morning.
Play will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start to complete the second round Tuesday. The players will continue in those same threesomes, and keep playing into the third round, instead of breaking off into leader pairings after two rounds as originally scheduled.