Spartans Finish Among Top of the Field After Round One of NCAA DII Golf Championship; Senior Kevin Gately Shot a 2-under 68

Spartans Finish Among Top of the Field After Round One of NCAA DII Golf Championship; Senior Kevin Gately Shot a 2-under 68

The St. Thomas Aquinas men's golf team finished tied for 8th place after the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Golf Champonships Monday afternoon held at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fl.

The Spartans shot a team score of 287, which was 7-over par and 13 strokes behind the leaders, Barry University.  Barry entered the Championship ranked #3 in the country.  The Buccaneers were among the teams assigned early tee times Monday morning, and they set the early standard with a six-under par 274 on the par-70 course. 

The Spartans first round performance was one of the teams best in recent Championships.  Senior Kevin Gately led the way shooting 68, 2-under par and finishing the day tied for 8th place overall. Michael Miranda also had a strong opening round carding a 1-over, 71.  Michael Frizalone and Hamish Houston put together solid rounds carding; 73 and 75 respectively while Brendan Hunter shot a 79.  

Gately shot 1-under on the front nine with a birdie on the 4th hole and eight pars.  Gately had a minor setback with a bogey on the 10th hole but was able to recover quickly with birdies on holes 11 and 12. The senior parred the final six holes to stay at 2-under.  

Miranda had a birdie on the 6th hole followed by a bogey on the 7th and 7 pars to finish even on the front. The junior had a bogey on the 11th and 15 pars to finish at 1-over for the day.  Frizaolne got off to a slow start with back to back bogey's on the 2nd and 3rd hole but played steady through the next twelve holes, including a birdie on 11.  The sophomore was just one over through 15 but a double bogey on the 16th hole followed by back to back pars finished him at 3-over for the day.

The Spartans have morning tee times on Tuesday as they look to continue their strong play.  The Spartans are tied with North Alabama and one stroke behind 7th place Ferris State University.  

Round 1 Player Stats

Round 1 Team Stats

The Spartans tee times for Tuesday: Live Leaderboard

8:25 am  Hamish Houston (T68, +5)
8:36 am  Michael Frizalone (T48, +3)
8:47 am  Brendan Hunter (T101, +9)
8:58 am  Kevin Gately (T8, -2)
9:09 am  Michael Miranda (T27, +1)

 

Michael Miranda tees off on hole #5 during Round 1 of NCAA DII

Men's Golf Championships at Reunion Resort.  

 

Michael Frizalone tees off on hole #13 during Round 1 of NCAA DII

Men's Golf Championships at Reunion Resort.