MIDDLETOWN, RI – After day one of competition at the 2004 Atlantic 10 Golf Championship held at the Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, RI, the University of Rhode Island leads the field of 11 with a team total of 294 strokes fueled by a four-under 68 by URI senior David Spitz (Norwell, MA).
Spitz leads the field after making two birdies and an eagle on the back nine of the 7,244 yard course. He finished with four birdies on the afternoon. Senior Kyle Hess (Buffalo, NY) of Richmond and sophomore Andy Pope (Glen Ellyn, IL) of Xavier each shot a 71 on the breezy afternoon to finish tied for second.
Rhode Island leads the defending Atlantic 10 Champions Xavier University (297) by three strokes, followed by the University of Richmond at 299. Temple finished fourth with 307 strokes and George Washington rounds out the top five at 309.
The three-day 2004 Atlantic 10 Golf Championship will resume play on Saturday, May 1, at the Newport National Golf Course at 8:00 am. The final round will be played on Sunday, May 2, when an A-10 team champion and individual medalist will be crowned. The Atlantic 10 team champion receives an automatic bid into the 2004 NCAA Golf Championship.