Beallsville, Md. - Georgetown University's men's golf team finished the first two rounds of the 33rd Annual Georgetown Intercollegiate just four strokes out of second place, and eight off the lead, with an opening day 607. The Hoyas shot a first round 302 and followed it up with a 305, playing in unfavorable conditions with blustery winds at the Members Club at Four Streams Club. Georgetown also fielded a Gray squad, posting a 616 for ninth place.
Seton Hall leads the field with a 599 while Navy, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's and William & Mary all shot a 603 to tie for second place. Georgetown (607) is just off the lead, followed by Rhode Island (610), Temple (611) and Georgetown's Gray team at 616. Florida Atlantic (622) and Stetson (632) round out the competition.
Battling wet and windy conditions all day, the Hoyas took advantage of the familiarity with their home course and placed two teams in the top four after the opening round. The Georgetown Gray team shots at 298, one of just two squads that broke 300 in the opening 18, for second place while the Georgetown Blue team was hot on their trail with an opening-round 302 for fourth place.
Kevin Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) led the GU Gray team with an even-par 71 in the opening round to tie for second place. Hardin Councill (High Point, N.C./Westchester Country Day) shot a 74 to tie for ninth place, Anthony Perrino (Concord, N.C./The Canon School) carded a 76 and Will Rand (New York, N.Y./Blair Academy [N.J.]) added a 77 to round out the Georgetown scoring.
The Georgetown Blue team also had a top-10 finisher in the opening round with Cole Berman (Philadelphia, Pa./The Haverford School) firing a 72 to tie for fourth place. Patrick DiPasquale (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) hit a 75 and Sam Madsen (Madison, Wis./Edgewood/Cardinal Gibbons [Fla.]) went for 77. Jack Musgrave (Chesterton, Ind./Andrean) and Eduardo Blochtein (Delray Beach, Fla./The Haverford School) both shot a 78 to round out the scoring for the round.
Conditions remained tricky the entire day as only four teams cut strokes off their opening round scores on the second 18. Berman remained in the hunt for the individual tile, carding a second round 75 to finish 147 on the day and tied for fourth place. Blochtein shaved three strokes from his first round score of 78 to tie for 22nd along with DiPasquale with a 153.
On the Gray squad, Jackson couldn't match his first round score but kept in the top 20 on the leaderboard with a 151 to tie for 14th overall.
The Hoyas close out the final 18 holes of the Georgetown Intercollegiate on Tuesday. Georgetown's Gray team will tee off beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the first tee while the Blue team hits the links once again at 10:20 a.m. from the 10th.