SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- The University of Delaware men’s golf team sits in fifth place in the team standings while freshman Braden Shattuck is tied for fifth in the individual standings on Friday following the first day of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
The Blue Hens posted a 309 team score to finish the tournament’s opening day in fifth place out of seven squads. Drexel leads the field with a 303 score, while William & Mary is second just one shot back. UNCW concluded the round in third place at 305, followed by James Madison at 306 and Delaware.
Shattuck (at right) carded a two over par 36-38-74 on the par 72, 7,069-yard Reserve Club course at St. James Plantation to end Friday’s action tied for fifth place. After opening with five straight pars, Shattuck birdied the sixth hole to move to one under for the day. He was again one under after a birdie on 10, although he slipped to three over though 16. However Shattuck bounced back with a birdie on 17 and a par on 18 to finish the round at two over par.
Senior captain Ben Conroy is the other Blue Hen who finished the opening round in the top 10, as he fired a four over par 38-38-76 to end the day tied for 10th place. Conroy began his round with two consecutive birdies, while another birdie on six put him at even par. His fourth birdie of the day on 14 moved him to two over, before a pair of bogeys and two pars closed his day at four over.
Sophomore Niño Rosal ended Friday’s action tied for 17th place after he carded a seven over par 41-38-79 during his opening round. Rosal started with three pars and a birdie on three, before falling to five over through the front nine. However he rebounded with seven pars during his two over back nine.
Junior Dan Costenbader recorded an eight over par 39-41-80 during his first round, ending the day tied for 20th place. Costenbader posted a pair of birdies during his front nine including one on seven that brought him to one over, although a pair of double bogeys and three consecutive bogeys dropped him to eight over through 15. However Costenbader regrouped to par the final three holes to finish the day at eight over.
Freshman Kyle Martin fired a 14 over par 42-44-86 during Friday’s round to conclude the day tied for 31st place. Martin notched his lone birdie of the round on six, and added seven pars on the day.
James Braunsberg of Drexel and Alex Hicks of William & Mary are tied for the individual lead after both players carded a one under par 71 during the opening round.
The second round of the three-day tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.