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Eastern Florida Golfers Well Off Pace After National Tournament's First Day

May 13, 2014 - Eastern Florida's golf team struggled mightily on the first day of the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament on Tuesday falling well back from the lead among the 22 teams competing.

Eastern Florida, making its 12th consecutive trip to the national tournament, shot 324 at the par 72 Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.

Indian Hills Community College finished the first day as the leader with a team score of 298.

Individually for the Titans sophomore Kyle Benson had the best effort at 79 for 18 holes. Classmate Nick Maynard carded an 80; freshman Drew Cooke 81; freshman Brad Gray 84; and sophomore Arthur Leonard 85.

"In so many words, it was a crummy day and we fell apart on the back nine," said Eastern Florida head coach Jamie Howell.

"I believe we turned at nine over par and the course and weather (51 degrees, winds 15-20 mph) got us. No excuses we just did not play well and the back nine snowballed into a huge number. It was disappointing, sure, but not as much as potentially frustrating. Scores were relatively high for a number of teams but Indian Hills managed to shoot an excellent score. There's no reason why we don't bounce back and do that tomorrow."

The top individual score of the day was 71.

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