Cooper, Triller and Narro All in the Top-20 After Day One at The Rutherford
13abc.com Joe Nugent, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
Bowling Green State University junior golfers Joe Cooper and Ryan Triller, along with freshman Jose Narro, each finished in the top-20 over the opening two rounds of play on Saturday, as the Falcons sit in a tie for fifth-place overall after 36-holes at The Rutherford Intercollegiate hosted by Penn State University in State College, Pa.
Playing the par71, 7,202-yards Penn State Blue Course, the Falcons posted rounds of 295 and 288 on Saturday to finish day one tied for fifth-place overall with a combined two-round score of 583, +15. The Falcons are tied with Youngstown State in fifth out of the 14 team field.
Cooper shot a first round 73, +2, to open up play on Saturday morning, as the junior had two birdies on the back nine. The lefty followed with a 71, even par, on the afternoon round, tallying five more birdies, including four on the back nine. Cooper's 36-hole score of 144, +2, has him in a tie for 11th-place overall heading into the final round of play on Sunday.
Narro, the reigning Mid-American Conference Men's Golfer of the Week, was consistent on day one, as he turned in rounds of 72, +1, and 73, +2, to finish with a combined two-round score of 145, +3. With two birdies over each round, the freshman is in a tie for 16th-place overall.
Fellow freshman Brett Rinker is in a tie for 34th-place overall, as he followed up his first round 77, +6, with a second round 71, even par, to post a combined 36-hole score of 148, +6. The Pennsylvania native struggled on the front nine of the opening round yet recorded nine straight pars on the back nine. Over the second round, Rinker carded four birdies over the 18-holes of play.
Rounding out the scoring for the Falcons on day one was Holden Pahr and Chris Melvin. Pahr totaled six birdies in route to rounds of 73, +2, and 76, +5, to find himself in a tie for 45th overall with his combined score of 149, +7, while Melvin shot a combined 36-hole score of 150, +8, with rounds of 77, +6, and 73, +2, to enter day two of play on Sunday in a tie for 51st. The senior carded five birdies on Saturday.
BGSU's Triller, who is playing as an individual at the event, bounced back from a first round 75, +4, to shoot a second round 69, -2 under par. The junior, who totaled five birdies overall on Saturday, had four birdies and 12 pars over the second round of play to place him in tie for 11th-place overall with his combined score of 144, +2.
The University of Minnesota leads the tournament field with rounds of 286 and 278 for a team score of 564, -4 under par, while Rutgers is in second-place overall with a combined team score of 573, +5.
Both Eastern Michigan and Army are tied for third-place overall with two-round team scores of 582, +14, only one stroke ahead of the Falcons.
Jose Mendez of Minnesota leads the tournament field with a combined score of 133, -9 under par (68-65), while Jonathan Renza of Rutgers is in second-place with his 36-hole score of 135, -7 under par (69-66).
The third and final round of play is set for an 8:00 a.m. start on Sunday morning, weather permitting.