Bulldogs in the Middle of the Pack After First Round at Falcon Invite

first_img First Round Results Story Links COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Drake University men’s team hung around the middle of the pack for most of the opening round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Friday, finishing tied for 12th after some difficulties on the final hole of the day.”Today was a strange round and was a very up and down day,” said head coach Matt Lewis, “We got off to a solid start and we were even par for our first nine holes. Then the next few holes we ballooned to about six over.” The team then had a run of birdies to get back under par, before playing the final two holes a combined nine over to close out a rollercoaster of a round.The Bulldogs recorded a 296 to put them in a tie with conference rival Valparaiso, and Drake is also just one shot back from UTEP who is in 11th after 18 holes. Host team Air Force sits atop the leaderboard with an 18-hole total of 279, leading second-place Wyoming by three strokes.”We had many positives today. We had 17 birdies as a team, our two freshmen played well in their first college tournament,” Lewis said of the team Friday. “I thought we hit the ball well, but we didn’t putt the best.” Despite a rocky start, freshman Nick Pittman posted a team-low 72 to end the day tied for 19th. Fellow freshman Silvester Tan recorded a first-round score of 74, with three birdies in his final 10 holes. Sophomore Lucas Scherf also posted a 74 after reaching as low as three-under after 15 holes. Junior Tim Lim recorded a 76 including a streak of four birdies on the second-nine, and Shayne Patel rounded out play with a 79.The Bulldogs will tee off for the second round on Saturday beginning at 7:40 a.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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