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Eagles in Second at Home Event

an eagle player tees off in the rain at the tom kinder memorial

HARRISONBURG, Va. - After the Tom Kinder Memorial was postponed a week due to weather, it was not clear that conditions would allow the tournament to proceed on Monday, but twelve teams were able to tee it up in sloppy, drizzly weather at Lakeview Golf Club and the Bridgewater Eagles found themselves in second place after a satisfying first round.

After leading the way for the Eagles in his collegiate debut at Shenandoah, freshman A.J. Stouffer followed up with a two-under par score of 70 to open Bridgewater's home event. Stouffer's round was a roller-coaster ride as he started the day with bogies on three of his first five holes (starting on Peak #7 in a shotgun start). He then made six birdies in his next twelve holes, a stretch that included a chip-in on Mountain #8 and a wedge shot on Peak #2 that stopped two inches in front of the hole.

Stouffer sits in a tie for third among 66 players, just one shot off the lead.

Sophomore Jason Spaar started the season with a career-low 72 (two over par) at Shenandoah and followed it with a better 72 (even par) today. Spaar has started to emerge as a very consistent player and despite the wet, challenging conditions, he was able to balance his three bogies with three birdies on Monday. He is in sixth place.

Coming into the 2018-19 season there were definitely some question marks in the young Bridgewater lineup, but one of the answers seems to have emerged in sophomore Brendan Draughn. He opened the season with a career mark of 78 at Shenandoah and chopped five strokes off that today, posting a 73 that featured 15 pars. "I hit a lot of fairways and greens, and I putted well, but just didn't get very many birdie putts to fall," said Draughn. "It was a pretty boring round making 15 pars." Boring is usually good in the game of golf, and Draughn is currently tied for eighth.

Ronald Uszenski was not pleased with his round, and he struggled a little with the speed of the wet greens at Lakeview, but he still posted a 76 for the Eagles' fourth official score. The long-hitting junior is currently averaging five strokes better than his his sophomore campaign.

Freshman Seth Smallwood got off to a slow start in the Kinder and was five over par through seven holes, but three birdies on the way in let him hold on for a 77.

A team total of 291 placed the Eagles in second place with one round to play. Hampden-Sydney set the pace Monday, shooting an even-par round of 288. The Eagles are seven strokes clear of Mary Washington, currently in third place.

Bridgewater took advantage of hosting at home to put a second team in play. The unit of Blake Sawyer (80), Michael Gruver (81), Matthew Sengul (85), Taylor Ferguson (88), and Hayden Moore (94) shot 334 to sit in 11th place.

Weather permitting, play resumes with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday, and the Eagles will pursue their first program win since the 2011-12 season. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.