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Eagles' Second Squad Competing at Marlins Invitational

the Eagles' B team at virginia wesleyan

SUFFOLK, Va. - The Bridgewater men's golf entered a 'B Team' in the Marlins Invitational and the first round took place Saturday at Sleepy Hole Golf Course.

"One of the tough things about collegiate golf is how few players on each team get significant playing time," noted head coach John Rogers. "It's definitely a challenge for us because we have a large squad and a lot of talented players. This tournament offered us a chance to get some guys on the course who have not had many opportunities."

In warm, windy conditions in the Tidewater area, freshman Jacob Czerwinski led the way with an 87. He almost holed his tee ball on the par-3 7th hole and made the birdie to remain near par early in the round. Czerwinski struck the ball solidly throughout the round and added a second birdie on the par-5 13th hole.

Freshman Brendan Draughn found a good move for his tee ball during the practice round on Friday and continued hitting great drives on Saturday. He demonstrated the ability to effectively shape the ball to fit dog-legs in either direction. Draughn was a little frustrated on the greens during the first round, but he still came in with the Eagles' second best score at 92. This was only his second collegiate event.

Junior Michael Gruver fought through a mid-round slump and posted a 93. Gruver birdied his 14th and 15th holes, and played his final five holes at even par to finish strong.

Freshman Matthew Sengul, playing in his second collegiate event, was fighting a slice during his practice round, but managed to correct it for most of the first round. His iron play was sharp as he birdied two of the four par-3 holes, and he hit his approach to 12 feet for a third birdie on #11. He posted a 93 on Saturday.

Rounding out the 'B Team' was Hayden Moore, who made his first appearance of the 2017-18 season. The long-knocking sophomore shot 94 to open the Marlins Invitational.

The team score of 365 put the Eagles in seventh place among starting lineups from other schools.

"The guys were not thrilled with their scores today, but most of them have not played tournament golf for seven months or more," said Rogers. "And it can take some adjustment for younger players to play spring golf- you have tight, dormant fairways, aerified greens, and other challenges you might not face during a high school career that's largely played in August. I'm glad for our players to get some competitive golf under their belts, and I'm pleased with their efforts."

Play resumes for the final round at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.