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Eagles in Sixth Place at ODAC Championship

the bridgewater men's team at day one of the ODAC championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Bridgewater College men's golf team entered the ODAC tournament as the seventh team in the conference based on Golfstat rankings, but spent most of the day in fourth place or better. BC gave up shots late in the round to drop to sixth with a team score of 307.

Ocean Armstrong led the way for Bridgewater, as the senior was -2 after an eagle on par-5 11th hole. He had double bogies on 15 and 17 to finish at 75, tied for 12th overall.

Luke Hill birdied #2, 3 and 4 to get to -2 early, and was still +1 thru 14, but went bogey, bogey, double bogey on 15-17. The senior was extremely unlucky after hitting nice tee shots on two of those holes, only to see one bounce into a hazard and another skip behind a tree- forcing a punch shot out. He shot 77, tied for 18th place.

Early in the round the Eagles moved as high as second place, for a while leading #15 W&L as well as #25 Hampden Sydney. As the round went on the Eagles at least held on to fourth place, still ahead of #46 Virginia Wesleyan.

Following the team trend, Jason Spaar gave up four shots between #15 and 17, posting 77. Earlier he had birdied #11, 12 and 13 to get to even par.

Ronald Uszenski actually got through the finishing holes at -1 and played 15 of the holes at -2. He had a quad on #2 after several shots in the right tree line, and had two double-bogies. Otherwise it was a very solid round, including tough up and down from bunker on #18, as Uszenski finished with a 78.

Jake Norby had a rough front nine and posted 86.

Ironically, Jeremy Pannebaker, who did not qualify for the tournament but got to travel and play as a marker with an unofficial score, shot 74 which would have led the squad.

All told the Eagles gave up 12 strokes on final four holes, and those 12 shots are the difference between being tied for second and sitting in sixth.

"Today was one of those strange days where the result was pretty good, but you leave with a bad taste in your mouth because it was so close to being an excellent day," said head coach John Rogers. "But the guys went after it today and we are still in a position to make something happen tomorrow."

The ODAC has decided to move the schedule up due to impending rain on Monday and Tuesday. If weather allows, players will play 36 holes on Monday to complete the championship. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and Live Scoring is available on Golfstat: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=15580&x=0.950481840389