Oct. 1, 2007
(Loveland, OH) - USF men's golf shot its best round of the season with a seven-under 281 in the opening round of the 2007 Xavier Invitational Monday at the Oasis Golf Club. The Dons carded a 292 in round two and enter Tuesday's final round in seventh place at 573 (281, 292), five strokes shy of cracking the top five in the 20-team tournament.
Senior Kenny Adams opened with a three-under 69 and followed with a two-under 70 and shares ninth place on the leader board at 139. Adams finished the day fourth overall in the field in pars with 25 and was tied for sixth in par-4 scoring at three-under.
Sophomore Chris Cunningham shot the lowest round of the day, opening with a five-under 67 and is in a logjam at 21st place at 142 (67, 75). Junior Kurt Nino shot an even-par 72 on the first 18 and is tied for 45th at 146 (72, 74).
"With the improvement of the team over the last two years, USF is being invited to better tournaments," USF head coach Dr. Gary Nelson said. "Since we've upgraded the schedule we've had the opportunity to play some outstanding golf courses against strong competition. We turned in our best two rounds of the season today and we look forward to the challenge of the final round."
San Francisco leads the field with 115 pars through 36 holes and is third overall in par-4 scoring at plus-four.
Marquette leads the pack at 561 (295, 266), followed by Saint Mary's at 563 (283, 280) with a one shot lead over Eastern Kentucky at 564 (283, 281). Campbell is in fourth with 565 (278, 287), while Western Carolina (286, 282) and Akron (281, 287) are tied for fifth at 568.
Eastern Kentucky's Phillip Hendrickson (65, 69) and Joshua Kelly (66, 68) from Saint Mary's are atop the leader board at 134.
USF tees off final round action Tuesday. Check USFDons.com for final results and stats.