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Andrew Baldo and Wilmington Golf Sit Atop the Leaderboard After Round One at NCAA Atlantic/East Super Regional

Monday, May 6, 2013 - Wheeling, W.Va.

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Junior Andrew Baldo is tied atop the leaderboard after the first round, shooting a 72, one over par, including two birdies on the back nine on Monday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



Junior Jerry Temple is tied for sixth after the first day of the NCAA Super Regional, shooting a four over 75 on Monday, including a pair of birdies on the back nine. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

After the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional Golf Tournament, the shorthanded Wilmington University golf team battled to a 10 stroke lead, shooting a 298, 14-over par on the 71-par course at Speidel Golf Club on Oglebay Resort on Monday.

Navigating a course that proved to play harder than expected, junior Andrew Baldo led the Wildcats with a tournament low 72, one over par for the first round, tied with University of Charleston’s Jamin Smith atop the leaderboard.

The East Region’s top seed, the Wildcats finished 10 strokes ahead of the Atlantic Region’s top seed Indiana (Pa.), as well as Charleston who each shot 308. Millersville finished with a 309 while California (Pa.) and St. Thomas Aquinas rounded out the top five with identical 310 scores.

“I couldn’t be happier with how my team responded and came out to play today,” head coach Harry Jennings said after losing their number two golfer, Andreas Lunding, to a lower leg injury during the practice round on Sunday. “They handled adversity like champions today and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Baldo’s only blemish on the front nine came on the final hole, going out with a 37. After the turn, the junior bogeyed the par four twelfth, but came back to birdie 13 and 16 to finish with an even par back nine, and a 72 for the day.

Following Baldo, Jerry Temple and Nick Mafale are tied for sixth by each shooting a 75. Senior PJ Tighe finished in a tie for 13th after an opening round 76, rounding out the Wildcats’ team score. Replacing Lunding in the team’s No. 2 slot, Tomasz Pulsakowski shot a 79, good enough for a tie for 38th overall.

Helping the Wildcats to the top of the leaderboard was their play on the 11 par four holes. Mafale and Baldo led the tournament by averaging 4.09 strokes on the par fours, finishing one over on the day. Temple and Tighe were second on the list, averaging 4.18 strokes per hole, finishing at two over on the day.

The Wildcats are off to a hot start in defending its Atlantic/East Super Regional Tournament Championship and will continue its run on Tuesday. The tee times are switched for day two as the Wildcats, playing with IUP and St. Thomas Aquinas, will begin teeing off at 12:00 p.m.

The tournament can be followed live at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4380