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Fairmont State Sports

May 20, 2009

Falcons struggle in opening round

BLAINE, Wash. — Fairmont State’s men’s golf team struggled in the opening round of the 47th annual NCAA Division II National Men’s Golf Tournament at the Loomis Trail Golf Club here Tuesday.

The Falcons fired an opening-round 322 and find themselves in 19th place in the 20-team field after one round of the four-round tourney.

Only Concord University, which had a pair of players disqualified Tuesday, is behind FSU.

Barry University and Sonoma State are tied for the lead after the opening round. Both teams fired eight-over par 293s Tuesday to share the top spot. Northeastern State University is third after shooting a first-round 297.

Barry won the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Fairmont State is 38 shots over after one round. The Falcons were led Tuesday by freshman Sean Stevens, who fired an opening-round 78. Stevens was three-over heading into his final hole, but took an eight on a par-4 to finish seven shots over par on the par-71 course.

The Falcons also got 79s from sophomore Matt Gissy and freshman Andrew Duff. Senior Zack Rudy and junior Jeff Cunningham both carded 86s.

“We had some guys suffer some tough breaks today and they just had trouble recovering from them,” said FSU coach Doug Comer. “The good thing is we have three rounds of golf remaining. We’re certainly not going to quit. We’re really keeping things light-hearted out here.

“At dinner the kids still had smiles on their faces and that’s what I was hoping to see. They were all ticked off when they got off the course today, but we can’t take back what happened out there in the first round to us. We just have to forget about it and start fresh Wednesday. Our mindset is to turn this into a three-day tournament and see if we can move up the ladder as much as possible.”

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