County Kerry, Ireland – The Rutgers men’s golf team is tied for third with a 334 score after the opening round of the four-team Waterville Collegiate Classic, played Monday at Waterville Golf Links. The Scarlet Knights are hosting the tournament, marking the first time an American University has hosted a team event in Ireland.
Play on Monday proved challenging. Chilly conditions made the first nine holes difficult. The final nine holes proved pure survival, as the addition of rain and 40 mile winds further hampered play.
Sophomore Jacob Stockl (Clark, N.J.) paced the Scarlet Knight on day one, carding a 79 to sit tied for seventh in the 28-player field. He had 10 pars and three birdies on the day.
Sophomore Hyung Mo Kim (Norwood, N.J.) joined Stockl in the top 10, shooting an 80 to enter Tuesday’s final round tied for 10th on the par 72 course.
Juniors Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.), as well as freshman Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.), comprised the rest of the team scorecard. Renza is 21st with an 85, Walters is tied for 25th with a 90 and Chang is 28th with a 92.
Davidson leads the field with a 312, five strokes better than second place Richmond (317). Washington & Jefferson is tied for third with RU.
Individually, Davidson’s John Skeadas is atop the leaderboard with a 75.
The second and final round begins at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday morning.