MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A new-era record in the first round has the West Virginia University golf team in fourth place after one round of play at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday.
The Mountaineers teamed to shoot a 277 for 11 under par through the first 18 holes at the Southwood Golf Course. They sit four strokes back from leader Penn State (273, -15). No. 30 Florida State is in second place at 14 under par (274), while No. 25 George Tech is third at 12 under (276).
The first-round score shaves six strokes off WVU’s previous low round of 284, set in the season opener at the Invitational at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
“I felt like our guys would play well today because they went about their preparation in a professional way,” said WVU coach Sean Covich. “They had good attitudes entering the round. Preparing well doesn’t guarantee that you will play great, but it does give you a chance. I am proud of their performance today, though there’s still a long way to go in this event. But for a young program like ours, this was a big day.”
Four Mountaineers sit in the top 20 of the field. Tristan Nicholls
is tied for eighth place, becoming the fourth player this season to shoot 69 or better. He carded a 68 for four under par after registering six birdies in the round.
fired his second 69 of the season, carding five birdies for three under par. He sits tied for 11th place.
and Max Sear
finished two under par, each recording a 70 on his scorecard. Williams birdied four holes on the front nine and added another on the back nine, while Sear tallied five on the day. The duo finished the round tied for 19th place.
and Avery Schneider
are tied for 51st place. Papineau birded two holes on the front nine and added two more after the turn. Schneider, playing as an individual, scored a pair of birdies and an eagle on the day. Both finished one over par, shooting 73.
The Mountaineers will embark on the second round of play starting at 8:41 a.m. on Saturday. Live scoring is available through Golfstat.com.