CAPE CHARLES, Va. – Senior John Phillips put himself in contention to pick up Bridgewater's third-straight individual championship after carding a one-over, 73, to lead the Bridgewater Eagles golfers to a third-place showing after the first day of play at the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships.
Second through seventh place on the team leaderboard are separated by just nine strokes, with the Eagles trailing second-place Roanoke by three.
Phillips' 73 paced the way for the Eagles in the 36-hole event at the par-72 Arnold Palmer-designed Course at the Bay Creek Resort and Club. Through 11 holes, Phillips was at five-under before shooting six-over on the final seven holes to finish the day at one-over par, good enough for a tie for second place. Phillips' 32 through the first nine holes was the best nine-hole score of the day.
Junior Tod Foshee was also stellar for the Eagles on the opening day, carding a three-over, 75. Foshee's first-round score was good enough to place him in a tie for sixth through 18 holes.
Senior Travis Gahman had a solid opening round, finishing with a six-over, 78. Gahman came through the turn at two-over, 38, before settling for a 40 on the back nine to sit in a five-way tie for 13th place after the first day.
Sophomore Matt Dye was the final scorer for the Eagles as he turned in a +15, 87.
Junior Bobby Fields also competed and finished just behind Dye at +16, 88.
Guilford leads the team standings after turning in an outstanding opening round. The Quakers lead Roanoke by 14 strokes after firing a team total of 296.
In the individual race, Guilford freshman Nicholas Shedd carded an even-par first round to sit atop the leaderboard with 18 holes to play. Shedd's 72 is his lowest round of the season after playing in just six rounds and averaging an 80 prior to the start of the tournament.
Final round play of the 2012 ODAC Championships is set for a Tuesday morning tee-time with a new champion being crowned at the conclusion of the tournament.