Scorching Eagle Men Fire 273 In Davenport First Round

Scorching Eagle Men Fire 273 In Davenport First Round


Ashland University's men's golf team wanted to go into the winter offseason on a high note, and Saturday's (Oct. 19) first round at Davenport's Panther Invitational is one of the highest notes in program history.

The Eagles' first-round score of 273 not only leads the 11-team field, it also is the lowest team round in program history, dating back to 1996. The previous low in the last 23 years was 279 in the 2007-08 season at the Great Lakes Fall Regional.

Ashland's team total of 11-under-par is seven shots better than second-place Wayne State (280). Grand Valley State is third at 283.

Individually, freshman Andrew Kolar turned in one of the best 18-hole performances since 1996, leading the field after Round 1 with a 5-under-par 66. The only Eagle round better in that time frame was John Furlong's 65 at the same fall regional in 2007-08.

Right behind Kolar is junior Ben Jones, whose 4-under-par 67, also a collegiate career-low, puts him in second place after 18 holes.

Both senior Patrick Steffen and freshman Jake Amann carded 1-under-par 70s and are tied for sixth place. Amann's round was a career-low, as well.

Sophomore Luke Tanner fired an 80 and is tied for 49th, while freshman Caden Gallagher, playing as an individual, finished the day with a career-low 75.

Ashland's men will finish the fall non-championship season with the second and final round of the Panther Invitational on Sunday (Oct. 20) at 11 a.m.