CELEBRATION, Fla. - Devin O'Grady (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) posted a one-over round in the first round of the Northeast Conference (NEC) Men's Golf Championships to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's golf to a third-place finish on Thursday.
O'Grady started three of the first four holes with three bogeys to post a 39 on the first nine holes. The freshman birdied hole No. 11 before posting bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes. O'Grady then finished up strong by notching a birdie and an eagle on 17 and 18 to finish with a one-over 73. The freshman stands in fourth place, two strokes behind the current leader.
Ray Hyre (Bowie, Md./Bowie) is one stroke behind O'Grady with a 74 and in ninth place. Hyre had four birdies on the day. Dan Michalek (Mount Airy, Md./Mount St. Joseph) (24th place, 77), Tonny Aizpun (Barcelona, Spain/Lycee Francais De Barcelone) (39th place, 81) and Kevin Ellison (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) (43rd place, 82) rounded out the Mount's five competitors.
Sacred Heart leads the three-day invitational with a score of 295, two strokes behind Robert Morris (297), the Mount (305), Monmouth (305), Saint Francis (Pa.) (306), Long Island (306), Central Connecticut State (306), Wagner (314), Fairleigh Dickinson (315) and St. Francis (N.Y.) rounded out the 10-team field. The round of 305 ranks eighth in team history at the NEC Championships.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday for the second round of the NEC Men's Golf Championships. The Mount will tee off at 7:30 a.m.