Paul Cecil (pictured) shot an 82 on the first day of action

Nov. 10, 2012

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Juniors Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) and Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) each recorded scores of 82 to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team to a ninth-place finish after the first day of action at the Tiger Invitational in Savannah, Ga. The first day saw an amazing display of weather, as golfers on hand enjoyed sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s.

UMES opened up the 13-team tournament with several noteworthy performances. Veverka shot consecutive pars at No. 9 and No. 10, while junior Gregory Raad (Bel Air, Md.) was just one-over-par through the first four holes of play. Junior Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) found himself in trouble in a couple instances early on, but rebounded with several strong recovery shots to keep up with the rest of the pack.

Cecil had the best score of any Hawk through the midway part of the round when he approached the No. 2 hole with a score of three-under-par. After 12 holes, Cecil’s score was followed by Raad and Veverka, who held scores of five and six over, respectively. Veverka notched a birdie at No. 12, while Raad followed suit with one of his own at No. 15.

The scores of 82 shot by Cecil and Veverka were three better than Raad’s final score of 85. Toney concluded the scoring for UMES with a final tally of 88. The men concluded the first day with a total score of 337.

Armstrong Atlantic posted the top score with 282 points, while Alabama State was six behind with 288. Bethune-Cookman placed third with 293. The top individual performer was seen by Armstrong Atlantic’s Jared Wagenaar, who shot a five-under-par score of 67. His final score proved to be one of six rounds under par on the day.

UMES will resume action in the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 11. The second round will be the final round of golf for the men this fall.

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