WILMINGTON, Del. - Freshman DJ Honan carded a 77 and is tied for 16th to lead the 9th place Tigers in the opening round of the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Golf Championships being played on the Wilmington Country Club's 7,334-yard South Course.
"It's a spectacular golf course," said Tiger coach Brian Yaniger, "but it's incredibly difficult. Combined with 25 mile-per-hour winds everybody struggled."
Only one player in the field of 54 golfers came in under par. Marcus Dobias of VCU posted a 70. Georgia State's Damon Stephenson played even par, 71. Everybody else was over par.
Georgia State has the early team lead with a 300. Defending champ UNC Wilmington (301) is just one stroke back, followed by VCU (305), James Madison (306), Old Dominion (307), George Mason (308), William & Mary (310), Delaware (312) and Towson (314). Drexel (321) and Hofstra (321) are tied for 10th.
"314 is not good," said Yaniger, "but under these conditions, it's not bad either. We gave up five shots on the 18th hole. Take those away and we're seventh and just nine shots off the lead instead of 14."
Honan played the back nine in 1-under 35, tops for the Tigers on that side, and the front side in 7-over.
The Tigers will try to chip away at the leaders when they tee of at 9:45 a.m. for the second round of the 54-hole event. Towson is paired with Delaware and William & Mary for Saturday.
"Our goal on Saturday will be to climb to the top five," said Yaniger. "If we do that then we can make a final run on Sunday."
Admission is free at the course, or fans can follow the action on Live Scoring available through caasports.com and golfstat.com.. "