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Eagles Open Play at Guilford

ronald uszenski hits an iron shot off the fairway

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Bridgewater men's golf team opened play on the Dye Course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina on Monday.

In a strong field that features seven of the top 20 teams in the nation, the Eagles posted a first-round total of 321 that put them in 16th place in the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament hosted by Guilford College.

Junior Ronald Uszenski led the way for the Eagles, shooting 76. In a round that saw no birdies, Uszenski played steadily and produced thirteen pars. He was just one over par on his front nine.

Sophomore Jason Spaar opened each nine with a birdie on his way to a 79. The only Eagle with more than one birdie on the day, Spaar also had 10 bogeys.

Freshman A.J. Stouffer only had four bogeys on the day, but two large numbers led to a first round score of 81. Starting on the back nine, Stouffer had a double and quadruple-bogey in the first eight holes, but bounced back with a 1-over total of 36 on the inward nine.

Sophomore Brendan Draughn got off to a slow start and dropped six strokes on his final four holes, but for nine holes in the middle of the round he was just two over par. His total of 85 provided the fourth score for the team.

The Eagles' highest score of the season was defined by an unusual lack of birdies, and several large numbers. "The Dye Course is a good test of golf," said head coach John Rogers, "and today turned into one of those days when you just have to get more familiar with the course, look for a silver lining, and reboot for the next day. There's no quit in our guys, I know that much."

After the first round, local rivals Guilford and Greensboro are leading after strong matching scores of 287. Drew Mathers of Huntingdon College, Carson Castelli of Christopher Newport and Scott Campbell of Greensboro lead the individual field after carding 69s.

Play resumes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.