Two Falcons in the Top-15 After 36-Holes at MAC Championships
13abc.com Joe Nugent, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
Bowling Green State University's Brett Rinker and Chris Melvin are both in the top-15 after 36-holes of play on Friday at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Men's Golf Championships hosted by Toledo at the par-72, 7,073-yards Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
In the morning round, the Falcons opened up the tournament with a first round combined score of 296, +8, and then followed with a second round team score of 295, +7, in the afternoon session to finish day one with a combined 36-hole team score of 591, +15.
The Falcons are currently in sixth-place overall out of the nine team field, one stroke behind fifth-place Ball State (590, +14) and seven strokes behind Eastern Michigan who is in fourth-place with a two-round combined score of 584, +8.
Rinker leads the Falcons and sits in the top-five after day one of play, as the freshman turned in a first round 73, +1, and a second round 69, -3 under par, to finish with a two-round combined score of 142, -2 under par. The Pennsylvania native carded a team-high seven birdies on the day, including five over his second round of play to climb into a tie for fifth-place overall and sit only three strokes off the tournament lead.
Only three strokes behind Rinker is Melvin who carded a BGSU low round 72, even par, in the morning session and a 73, +1, over the afternoon of play to find himself in a tie
for 12th-place overall with his combined 36-hole score of 145, +1. The senior had four birdies on the day.
Both Joe Cooper and Jose Narro finished day one tied for 30th-place overall, as each was consistent over the two rounds of play. Cooper posted a first round 75, +3, and a second round 77, +5, en route to his 36-hole score of 152, +8, while Narro shot back-to-back rounds of 76, +4, to record his combined score of 152, +8. Both Cooper and Narro also tallied three birdies overall, while Cooper recorded an eagle on hole-4 over his second round.
Rounding out the scoring for the Falcons was junior Ryan Triller who finished with rounds of 76, +4, and 77, +5, to place in a tie for 33rd overall with his combined two-round score of 153, +9. Triller totaled five birdies over his 36-holes of play on Friday.
Kent State leads after day one, as the Golden Flashes posted rounds of 286 and 284 to post a combined 36-hole team score of 570, -6 under par. Kent State is five strokes ahead of second-place Akron (575, -1) and nine strokes ahead of third-place Toledo (579, +3).
Kent State's Corey Conners and Akron's Charlie Bull are both tied atop of the individual leaderboard with scores of 139, -5 under par, two shots in front of Taylor Pendrith of Kent State and Otto Black of Toledo who are tied for third with 36-hole scores of 141, -3 under par.
The third round of play will tee-off at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The final round of play is set for 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.