Tepe Leads Field After Round One of BIG EAST Championship|
April 28, 2013
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's golf team finished in a tie for eighth place after the first round at the BIG EAST Championship at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Sun., April 28. Senior David Tepe (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East) carded a spring season-low 69 to place first and lead the field of 60 competitors.
Tepe ended the round with five birdies, including two on the first two holes, to open with a strong start. His score of 69 also is a career-low for BIG EAST tournament action.
"David Tepe played a very good round today" said head coach Doug Martin. "He has fought good starts this entire year. Today he birdied his first two holes and that really jump-started his round. I look for David to continue his good play. He came in playing well and looks very comfortable."
Cincinnati recorded a 10-over par 298 to tie for eighth place. It is the lowest single round score the Bearcats have posted since hitting a 296 during the second round of the Memphis Intercollegiate on March 25.
Freshman Blake Hamilton (Union, Ky./Ryle) was originally scheduled to participate for the Bearcats but was scratched before the start of competition due to illness. Freshman Adam Millson (Union, Ky./Cooper) was inserted into the lineup for the duration of the tournament.
Freshman Emerson Newsome (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) carded a 3-over 75 to tie for 27th place, sophomore Jared Howard (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) hit a 4-over 76 to tie for 33rd, sophomore Michael Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) was 6-over for a 78 to tie for 48th and Millson hit a 9-over 81 in only his fourth collegiate round to tie for 54th.
Newsome was one of only two competitors to record an eagle during the round, doing so on the par-5 hole No. 1.
"Round one was full of ups and downs" said Martin. "It hurt to not have Blake Hamilton today. He came down with strep throat yesterday and couldn't play. I though Adam Millson filled in under tough circumstances and did a nice job. The field is very bunched and with two solid rounds, a good finish is within our reach."
Notre Dame leads the 12- team pack with an even 288. USF (290) and Marquette (292) round out the top-3 teams. St. John's also carded a 298 during the first round to tie with Cincinnati in the eighth position.
Tepe ended the opening round with a one-stroke lead over four players who each scored a two-under 70. St. John's Ryan Gay, USF's Chase Koepka, Notre Dame's Paul McNamara and Connecticut's Zack Zaback all share the second place spot.
The Bearcats will begin the second round of BIG EAST Championship action on Tuesday morning. All five players will tee off from hole No. 1 between 8:50 and 9:30.