MALVERN, Pa. -- Blue Hen freshman Braden Shattuck leads the individual standings while the University of Delaware men’s golf team is tied for second place out of 13 squads on Monday following the first day of the Villanova Wildcat Invitational.
The Blue Hens posted an impressive 299 team score during Monday’s opening round before following with a 301 in the second as Delaware ended the day with a two-round score of 600. Rhode Island leads the team standings with a 595 total, while the Blue Hens and Villanova are tied for second place five shots back. Georgetown is fourth with a 602 team score, while Youngstown State is fifth at 603 and Temple is sixth at 604.
Shattuck (at right) carded a three under par 68, the lowest round of his career, to open the tournament on the par 71, 7,055-yard course at White Manor Country Club, posting five birdies including three straight on 14, 15 and 16. He then added three birdies during his second round 72, ending the day with a two under par 68-72-140.
UD junior Dan Costenbader, playing as an individual, ended the day in seventh place after carding a six over par 71-77-148. Costenbader’s opening round 71, the lowest of his season, featured birdies on 15 and 16 while he bogeyed just two holes during the round.
Freshman Kyle Martin was the third Blue Hen among the top 10, after he fired an eight over par 77-73-150 to finish the day tied for ninth place. Martin birdied the fifth hole during his six over par opening round, before adding four more in his second round 73.
Senior Ben Conroy fired an 11 over par 76-77-153 during his day, ending Monday’s action tied for 20th place. Conroy posted a birdie on the 10th hole ib his first round, while recording birdies on seven and 17 during his second round of the day.
Sophomore Niño Rosal carded a 15 over par 78-79-157 to end the day tied for 38th place while Fraser Graham, who fired an 82-79-161, and Tyler Cross, who recorded an 84-77-161, are each tied for 58th place at 19 over par.
Branden Chicorka of Rhode Island is two shots behind Shattuck with an even par 72-70-142, while Steve Skurla of Villanova is third with a two over par 73-71-144.
The Villanova Wildcat Invitational concludes on Tuesday with the third and final round.