Kevin McLister, Blue Hen Golfers Lead Following First Day of Villanova Wildcat Invitational
April 3, 2011
Photo Courtesy of UD Photo Services
MALVERN, Pa. -- University of Delaware senior Kevin McLister fired a sizzling five under par 66 and leads the individual standings while the Blue Hens are also on top of the team leaderboard Sunday following the first abbreviated day of the Villanova Wildcat Invitational.
Players from five of the 20 teams did not finish their first round on Sunday due to darkness. The first round will be completed starting at 8:45 Monday morning, with the second and final round to begin immediately after.
McLister (at right) tied his career-low round, tied for the third lowest in school history, with his five under par round on the par 71, 7,009-yard course at White Manor Country Club and leads the tournament by four strokes.
The senior birdied the fourth, fifth and eighth holes to shoot a one under par 34 on the front nine, and was still at even par through 13 holes. But he turned it on from there, posting birdies on 14, 15 and 18 while recording an eagle on 17 to finish the back nine at a four under par 32.
McLister also shot a 66 during the first round of the Navy Fall Classic on September 11, 2010. The only lower rounds in Delaware history belong to teammate Justin Martinson, who fired a 65 that weekend and a 64 at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate on October 16, 2010. Martinson is tied for 14th place following his first round of three over par 74.
Martinson had a solid front nine, notching pars on eight holes while posting a birdie on the sixth hole to shoot one under par 34 going out. But after two pars to start the back nine, Martinson double bogeyed 12 while also bogeying 14 and 17 to shoot four over par 40 coming in.
Blue Hen juniors Stephen Scialo and Greg Matthias are each tied for 22nd place after they carded a four over par 75 during Sunday’s opening round.
Scialo fired a respectable one over par 36 on the front nine, recording birdies on the fourth and fifth holes. He parred six holes on the back nine while bogeying 10, 12 and 16 to shoot three over par 39 coming in.
Matthias shot the front nine in seven over par 42, before finding his game on the back nine. After recording pars on the first three holes, Matthias birdied 13, 15, and 17 while parring the rest of the holes to post an impressive three under par 33 on the back nine.
Sophomore J.R. Fasy sits in a tie for 47th place following his opening round of 78, seven over par. Fasy birdied the seventh hole en route to carding a three over par 38 during the front nine. He was still just three over par after parring the first three holes of the back nine, before posting bogeys on four of the final six holes to shoot four over par 40 coming in.
Delaware posted a team score of 290 through the first day, and leads fellow Colonial Athletic Association member Towson by three strokes.