After the first round of The American Athletic Conference Championship at the 7,025-yard par 72 Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Florida, Temple men’s golf placed 9th out of 9 teams.
As a team, the Owls carded a first round total of 304, which resulted in a 16-over-par score for the day. The top four scores on the team were counted for the first round of the tournament.
Senior Brandon Matthews posted an opening round of 3-under-par 69 to take the lead. Matthews played the par 5’s in 3-under to help post a solid opening round. This is Matthews’ last chance to record his ninth win at Temple, which would break the all-time wins record.
Sophomore Mark Farley opened with a round of 75. After the first round, Farley is in a tie for 25th.
Freshmen Gary McCabe and Trey Wren shot opening rounds of 79 and 81, respectively. McCabe finished the day in a tie for 40th and Wren finished in 44th.
Redshirt freshman John Barone rounded out the Owls with an opening round of 82. After the round, Barone is in 45th.
South Florida leads the team tournament after carding an opening round team total of 3-under-par 285. Matthews and East Carolina’s Wesley Conover share the individual lead after both shooting rounds of 3-under-par 69.
The Owls will look to move up the leaderboard in the second round of the American Athletic Conference Championships on Monday.