West Virginia Golf’s Sear T5 On Day One At Martin Downs
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 11, 2018) – Junior Max Sear led the West Virginia University golf team through the first round of play at the Martin Downs Collegiate at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City, Florida, on Sunday.
Sear finished the first 18 holes tied for fifth place at two-under par after shooting a 70. He carded a pair of birdies and an eagle on the front nine before registering birdies on two of the final three holes.
The Mountaineers sit in seventh place with a team score of 297 for nine-over par. Seton Hall and Elon are tied for first place at one under with scores of 287. Boston College is third, finishing even par with a team score of 288.
“Great playing by Max today, especially on the back side which was playing difficult in the afternoon winds,” coach Sean Covich said. “I thought Mark (Goetz) played really well, considering he was out for over a week with the flu and hasn’t played golf since January. Other than that, we struggled today in several areas. We need to see some improvement tomorrow.”
Freshman Mark Goetz also finished the first round in the top 20, shooting one over with a 73. He birdied a trio of holes to tie for 18th place. Classmate Matthew Sharpstene tied for 23rd after birdieing three holes on the front nine. He carded a score of 74 for two-over par.
Freshman Logan Perkins finished tied for 56th with an 80 (+8), while sophomore Philipp Matlari tied for 59th with an 81 (+9).
Senior Avery Schneider, junior Tristan Nicholls and sophomore Etienne Papineau competed as individuals. Schneider tied with Sharpstene for 23rd, shooting two over with a 74. Nicholls was tied for 29th with a 75 for three over, while Papineau finished four over with a 76 to tie for 34th.
WVU will tee off for the second round starting at 7:30 a.m. EST on Monday. The Mountaineers are paired with James Madison and Mercer for the next round of play.
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