April 30, 2017
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OKATIE, S.C. — Freshman Matthew Bachmann led Marquette with an opening round 73 as the Golden Eagles carded a 14-over-par 304, tied for third and in the middle of a tight top six at the BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championships at Callawassie Island G.C. on Sunday.
Bachmann opened his round with 13 straight par makes, beginning championship play at 1-over-par in fourth place. He sits three strokes off the lead, held by Butler’s Joey Arcuri at 2-under-par (70).
“I kept it really stress-free,” Bachmann said. “Lot of pars, lot of good swings. Yesterday (in the practice round) we worked on a lot of putting to get the speeds down and focused on keeping it in play, which is a key out here.”
“It doesn’t surprise me,” head coach Steve Bailey said. “We’ve prepared for this - it was really windy in our event at Iowa a few weeks ago, and he posted a really solid round then. For him to step up on the big stage is impressive.”
DePaul and defending champion Georgetown are 14-over-par (302) to lead the field, while Marquette, Seton Hall and Xavier are two strokes behind the pace. Butler is 17-over-par and in sixth place.
DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette and Seton Hall all spent time in first place at some point during the first round.
Conditions became challenging as the day wore on at the par 72, 6,983-yard layout, with winds exceeding 15 miles per hour in parts of the course. Seventeen of the 18 holes played over par, while the average player score was 78.58.
“I think you have to just embrace it,” Bachmann said.
“I was really proud of our guys and the way they battled,” Bailey said. “It’s tough (the wind) not only going into the greens, but on on the greens as well when you’re trying to putt when the wind blows that hard. We’ve worked really hard on our process and that’s what they focused on today.
“You’re struggling at times, but everyone else is too. So you’ve got to stay patient and keep plugging away. I’m proud of their maturity and taking steps in the right direction.”
Oliver Farrell and Henry Klongland notched opening round 74s (4-over-par) to tie for 15th place. Klongland came in at even par on the back nine, while Farrell was even par over his first 10 holes.
Farrell was playing with the top group, including Madison native Sam Madsen from Georgetown and defending BIG EAST Champion Lloyd Jefferson Go of Seton Hall.
“He’s been in this arena before,” Bailey said. “He made a bunch of big up-and-downs today, actually hitting of out bounds on No. 11 and No. 17, and made great bogeys to save shots.”
Marquette led the field with 55 par makes.
The Golden Eagles tee off with the final groupings on Monday, including Georgetown and DePaul, beginning at 8:40 a.m. CT.