WVU’s Sear Bogey-Free in First Round of Tavistock
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 21, 2018) – Shooting a bogey-free first round, senior Max Sear leads the way for the West Virginia golf team after 18 holes of play at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the Mountaineers and UCF at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Florida, on Sunday.
Sear sits in second place, while WVU is tied with No. 12 Texas for ninth place. The Mountaineers shot a team score of 288 to finish even par. No. 13 Vanderbilt is atop the team leaderboard at 12 under with a 276, while No. 22 Auburn and No. 26 Cal are tied for second at four-under-par with a 284.
Tying his career-low round of 66, Sear birdied one hole on the front nine and added five more on the back nine to finish six-under-par. He spent most of the round atop the individual leaderboard but slipped to second after No. 73 Will Gordon of Vanderbilt shot eight under with a 64. Sear finished ahead of 18 of the 19 nationally ranked golfers in the field.
Junior Etienne Papineau also sits in the top 20 as he finished the first round tied for 15th. Papineau balanced two bogeys with a pair of birdies on the front nine before registering three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine. He shot a 71 for one under.
Sophomore Matthew Sharpstene carded six birdies as he finished even-par with a 72. He is one stroke behind Papineau and is tied for 27th place.
Junior Philipp Matlari shot seven over with a 79 to sit tied for 67th after 18 holes, while sophomore Logan Perkins finished 10-over-par with an 82. He is 75th in the field.
“Max played outstanding today,” coach Sean Covich said. “Shooting a bogey-free 66 around Isleworth is impressive. Pap and Sharp were solid as well. They fought hard all day and posted some good numbers as well to help the team. There’s no doubt we need some better play out of the bottom of the lineup, but I know Philly and Logan. They have some great golf in them and I can’t wait to watch them bounce back.”
West Virginia hits the links for the second round on Monday. They are paired with LSU and Augusta in tee times starting at 8:25 off hole No. 10.Tavistock Team Leaderboard Round One Tavistock Individual Leaderboard Round One