No. 51 Troy Tied for Third Following Day One of Seminole Intercollegiate

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (troytrojans.com) – Paced by a 3-under from Jared Bettcher, the No. 51 Troy men’s golf team is tied for third place following the opening round in a loaded field at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

Troy is tied with No. 4 Florida State, three shots up on No. 23 Penn State and five shots up on No. 3 Auburn. James Madison holds the team lead at 6-under, followed by Jacksonville at 4-under and a trio of teams, including Troy, at 3-under.

Bettcher, who is tied for fourth place, came out on fire as he went 4-under par after the first eight holes of his round. He bogeyed No. 9 to make the turn at 3-over, but quickly responded with a birdie on No. 10 to move back to 4-under. After five straight pars, Bettcher bogeyed No. 16 to finish he day with a 3-under 69.

Luke Moser also come out strong as he birdied three of his first four holes to move to 3-under. He finished the front nine with two bogeys and a birdie to make the turn at 2-under par. After trading two birdies for two bogeys on the back nine, Moser finished his round at 2-under and is tied for 10th place overall.

Cam Norman picked up birdies on two of his first four holes of the round, but made the turn at even after a pair of bogeys. After going 1-over par after 13 holes, Norman eagled the par-5 No. 16 to finish his round with a 1-under 71 and is in a tie for 12th place overall.

Fresh of a 6-under 66 in the final round of the Tiger Invitational earlier this week, Calum Masters carded three birdies in Friday’s opening round and finds himself tied for 50th place after shooting a 3-over 75. Clayton Vannoy made the turn at 1-over and finished his day with a 4-over 76 which ties him for 56th place after one round.

Troy, East Tennessee State and Penn State will tee off beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the fifth hole; teams will 36 holes on Saturday to close out the event due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday.

Team Standings

1. James Madison 282, 2. Jacksonville 284, T3. Troy 285, T3. East Tennessee State 285, T3. Florida State 285, T6. Penn State 288, T6. VCU 288, T8. Louisville 290, T8. Auburn 290, 10. Ole Miss 291, 11. Penn 295, 12. West Virginia 297, 13. Illinois State 298, 14. Mercer 302

 

Individual Leaders

T1. Adam Bell (VCU) 67, T1. Adrian Meronk (East Tennessee) 67, 3. Matt Cowgill 69, T4. Six Players

 

Troy Individuals

T4. Jared Bettcher 69, T10. Luke Moser 70, T12. Cam Norman 71, T50. Calum Masters 75, T56. Clayton Vannoy 76

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