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Eagles Open ODAC Championship in Fifth Place

the eagles pose by the bryan lake water

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Bridgewater College men's golf team had a slow start at the opening round of the ODAC Championship on Saturday, but shaved 11 strokes from the front nine to back nine to shoot 315.

Entering as the sixth seed, the Eagles are currently fifth among 12 ODAC teams, and have three players in the top-20.

Ronald Uszenski led the way in the opening round. When he dropped a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 11th hole he was just one-over, enjoying a head-to-head match with reigning national champion Brian Peccie from W&L. Uszenski dropped four strokes on #13 and #14, along the lake at Bryan Park, but got one back on #15 and finished with a 76 (+4) to sit in a tie for 12th place.

"Ronnie is on the verge of breaking out some low rounds," said head coach John Rogers. "Before long all facets of his game will be working during the same round, and it will be fun to watch."

Jason Spaar had six bogeys on the front nine, but quieted things down on the back with seven pars. He followed a bogey on #14, a wind-blown 190-yard par-3, with a birdie on #15. Spaar was not happy with the contact on his iron shots, but kept the tee ball in play and scrambled well to shoot even on the back and a total of 77 to sit in a tie for 14th.

Eugene Dillon, having led the team in their last tournament, also rallied on the back nine on Sunday. Dillon was six-over par through six holes, but birdied #15 and the slate was otherwise clean on the back nine. His 35 on the back led to a 77, tying him with Spaar for 14th place overall.

It looked like Seth Smallwood would follow the team trend- he was five-over on the front and rallied to be just six-over through #14, but then dropped seven shots on the final four holes. His 85 posted as the Eagles' fourth score.

Brendan Draughn posted an 86 with birdies on #4 and #7, both par-3 holes on the front.

Guilford leads the Championship with a +4 team score of 292. The Eagles trail #14 Hampden-Sydney by nine strokes and are ahead of Lynchburg by four.

"The ODAC currently has three top-15 teams in it, so coming in as a six-seed trying to stay close to these elite teams, I thought the guys made a solid showing today," said Rogers. "And they chose to stick around after a long day on the course and spend another hour on the driving range, so I'm pleased that they have come to Greensboro ready to work hard to stay competitive."

The Eagles hit the course at 9:30 on Monday and live scoring is available at: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=17718.