Men's Golf News & Highlights
April 27, 2013
Eagles in the Hunt at Hershey
Put in the context of where the program was at the midway point last year, the first round is absolutely amazing. Against the team's expectations for themselves, there is still work to be done. Last year, the Eagles finished the Championships 141 strokes off the lead and in last place. The year before was just as bad, and in 2010, it was worse. That year, the Eastern team finished 210 strokes off the lead and 104 strokes out of seventh.
This years group, led by Maurer and freshman Ryan Torresin, does not know about those things. Torresin struggled to a 42 on the back nine of the 7,106 yard layout for an 80. David DiPirro, who is also new to the program, shot an 87 and Ben Dutcher came through with an 89.
Maurer was five over with six three-putts on his first nine. He then turned things around with a stretch of six holes that he played two under before finishing his round with a pair of double bogeys on his last two holes. He drained a 30-foot downhill putt on the fifth hole, his fourteenth of the day to get to plus two on his round.
"We walked off the course feeling like we did not play really well," head coach Mark Birtwistle said, "and then we looked at the scorecards and we are just nine shots back. Logan is driving the ball beautifully. Guys are hitting great drives and he is fifty and sixty yards past them. Each one of the guys felt like he left shots out there, and we are looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow."
The Eagles feel like there are strokes to make up as they seek to catch DeSales (325) and FDU-Florham (327). Seven of the eight teams are within 20 strokes of the lead.
Action continues tomorrow at Hershey Country Club. The Eagles are slated to start their rounds around nine o'clock.
Updated: Saturday, 27 April 2013