IPFW has opened its 2012 men's golf season on a strong note, as the Mastodons shot a a two-round score of 593 (296-297) to stand fifth overall after the first day of the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate hosted by Missouri and played in Verona, New York.
Tournament host Missouri leads the field with a 559 (276-283), while Louisville (285-283-568), Memphis (290-287-577), and Central Connecticut State (297-287-584) are ahead of IPFW.
Trailing the Mastodons are Villanova (298-296-594), Army (301-295-596), Cleveland State (305-293-598), Canisius (299-303-602), Loyola (Ill.) (294-309-603), Cincinnati (311-302-613), St. Peter's (307-306-613), and Delaware (315-303-618).
IPFW senior Drew Imel teamed with sophomore E.J. Tackett to each card a two-round score of 146, tying for 18th in the field.
Imel carded a one-under 71 in the first round before coming back with a 75; Tackett was a mirror image of Imel, shooting a first-round 75 before coming back with a one-under 71.
Bruno Carvalho carded scores of 74-76 for a six-over par 150, good for a tie of 31st place in the field, while Jacob Groninger rounded out the Mastodon scorers in the field with a 151 (76-75).
Drake Devereaux, in his first collegiate competition, shot an 82-78 for a 160, tied for 59th in the competition. Competing as an individual, freshman Logan Barker shot an 82-84 for a 166, in 66th place.
Missouri's Jace Long leads the field individually with a 12-under 132 (66-66), and he is chased by two others, Andrew Gain of Saint Peter's and Antoine LeSaux of Louisville with a three-under 141.
The Mastodons will play the third and final rounds today.