HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Jake Wetzel (Blue Ridge Summit, Pa./Waynesboro Area) and Andrew Lawton (Severna Park, Md./Mount St. Joseph) both finished tied for fourth as individuals while Ray Hyre (Bowie, Md./Bowie) placed ninth to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's golf team to a third-place standing after the first round of the Holiday Inn Colonials Classic on Monday.
Playing as individuals, Wetzel and Lawton recorded identical afternoons with a 37 on the first nine holes and a 38 on the back nine to finish the first round in fourth place with a score of 75, five strokes behind the current leader. Hyre leads the five Mount team competitors in ninth place after carding a 37 on the first nine holes and a 40 on the back nine to finish the day with a 77.
Dan Michalek (Mount Airy, Md./Mount St. Joseph) (10th place, 78), Devin O'Grady (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) (13th place, 79), Sage Smith (Denver, Colo./Brophy) (23rd place, 83) and Kevin Ellison (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) (23rd place, 83) rounded out the Mountaineers team players. Freshman Ryan Lee (Leonia, N.J./Leonia) joined Lawton and Wetzel as individuals in the event, finishing 36th with a score of 89 in his collegiate debut.
Clarion leads the two-day event with a score of 301 while Robert Morris (304), the Mount (317), Toronto (318), Laval (325), Robert Morris "Blue" (326) and UMES (349) rounded out the seven-team field.
Mount St. Mary's concludes the fall slate in the final round of the Holiday Inn Colonials Classic on Tuesday.