ORLANDO, Fla.— Dayton and Richmond are tied for first place following the first round of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Championship, which began Friday at Grand Cypress Resort.
The Flyers and Spiders each carded a six-over 294 to lead the field. Defending two-time champion VCU is four strokes off the lead at 298 (+10), and George Mason is in fourth with a 301. Dayton, Richmond and VCU each have four players that finished in the top 20.
Richmond’s Matthew Lowe, the 2015 Rookie of the Year, and Dayton’s Ryan Flick both finished with a 71 to tie for first following the opening round. Saint Joseph’s T.J. Summers, La Salle’s Tonny Aizpun and Mason’s Eric Edwards are tied for third at 72. Defending medalist Adam Ball of VCU is tied for sixth with seven other players, all having shot a first-round 73.
George Washington and Fordham are tied at fifth with a 302, La Salle is in seventh with a 306 and Davidson is eighth with a 309. Saint Joseph’s and Rhode Island are tied at ninth, followed by St. Bonaventure.
There were three eagles, and the average score for the rounds was 77.51.
The second round begins Saturday on North Course hole No. 1 with St. Bonaventure’s Darren Simons and Rhode Island’s Seamus Fennelly teeing off as a twosome at 7:30 am. The final group; Ball, Lowe and Flick, will tee off at 10:21.
The 54-hole championship concludes Sunday with the winner earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.