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Eagles Move Up to Third in Glenn Heath Memorial

ronald uszenski chips onto the green

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's golf team shaved four strokes from their first round total to move up two spots on the leaderboard and finish the Glenn Heath Memorial Tournament in third place among nine teams.

Despite better playing conditions on Tuesday at Williamsburg Golf Club, most teams struggled to move forward while the Eagles, led by Ronnie Uszenski, were able to improve.

Despite six three-putts in the final round Uszenski was able to lower his score from the first round by five strokes, as the junior's 77 moved him into a tie for 16th among 69 players. Uszenski birdied two of the par 5s and almost holed out on the par-4 11th hole, giving him a third birdie.

Over the two rounds the Eagles were led by senior Eugene Dillon, who had the fewest putts on the team. Dillon shot 80 in the second round for a total of 157 that put him in a tie for ninth place. Along with the fewest putts on the team, Dillon also did a great job of minimizing mistakes, having only one hole above bogey for the tournament.

Sophomore Jason Spaar also had a few three-putts on the challenging greens at Williamsburg Golf Club, but he was able to improve by four strokes on Tuesday and provide the third score for the team. Spaar's lone birdie came on the par-5 4th hole.

Rounding out the roster, sophomore Brendan Draughn and freshman Seth Smallwood posted a pair of 81's that gave the Eagles a team total of 318. Draughn had a couple nice birdies on number 6 and 15, two holes that do not easily give up strokes. Smallwood, seeing this golf course for the first time, did not quite figure out the greens but still lowered his second round score by seven strokes.

Freshman Blake Sawyer, playing as an individual, finished with an 87 for the second straight day.

Bridgewater started the day chasing four teams and were able to sneak past Averett and Virginia Wesleyan. Randolph Macon ran away with the team championship and Shenandoah jumped into second place, with the Eagles moving into third.

"It's a little tough to decipher where this puts us going into the ODAC Championship," said head coach John Rogers, "because we seem to be hitting alot of great golf shots, but on this course we struggled to convert that into strong scores when it came to putting. Now we have a little less than two weeks to prepare, but I think the guys will be ready."

The ODAC Championship starts on April 28th.