LECANTO, Fla. –
Junior Brandon Matthews
has set the tone for Temple Golf all season, and when arguably the best golfer in school history has an off day it does not bode well for the Owls. That is exactly what happened Sunday on the first day at the 2015 American Athletic Conference Golf Championship held at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.
Matthews shot a seven-over 151 over the first two rounds to tie for 33rd among the 50 competitors. The Dupont, Pa. native, who was under the weather at the start of play, carded a two-over 74 in the morning, but was unable to rebound and shot a five-over 77 in the afternoon.
It was his worst two-round total of the year, and his 77 matched his season-high set in the first round of the Wendy's Kiaweh Classic on November 3.
Freshman Mark Farley
(76-76, 152) was next for the Owls, one-shot behind Matthews and tied for 36th. Senior Pat Ross
(76-77, 153) finished the day tied for 40th while senior Matt Teesdale
(78-81, 159) and freshman Evan Thornton
(82-86, 168) rounded out the squad in 4th and 50th place, respectively.
As a team, Temple was in 10th place with a 615. USF leads the Championship with a 557, 16 strokes ahead of second-place UCF (573).
The Bulls' Ryan Fricker had a tremendous day, carding consecutive 67s to finish 10-under for the day to hold a four-shot lead over UCF's Linus Vaisanen.
Play on the par-72, 7,025-yard Quarry Course will conclude tomorrow with Temple teeing off from hole 10 at 8:15 am. Live scoring can be found through www.GolfStat.com or on the GolfStat mobile applications.Results