09 Dec 2021 | 15:17 | Golf
HELLERTOWN, Pa.—Villanova recorded a team score of 291 (+3) in the opening round of the ABARTA Coca-Cola Collegiate Invitational at the Steel Club on Sunday afternoon and is tied for second place going into the final 18 holes on Monday morning. Graduate student Ambrose Abbracciamento (Newtown, Pa.) and senior Max Siegfried (Villanova, Pa.) are each tied for second individually after coming in with rounds of 70 (-2) in first round action.
There are 13 teams competing in the 36-hole tournament and the Wildcats are currently tied with St. Bonaventure in the team standings. Lehigh holds the team lead at 278 (-10) after one round, while Villanova and the Bonnies are six strokes ahead of Rider and Towson who are tied for fourth place (297). The final 18 holes get underway on Monday with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.
Abbracciemento and Siegfried are two of the nine individuals in the field of 76 golfers who scored under par in the opening round. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and the Wildcats teed off from the fifth hole. Siegfried raced out of the gates with birdies at five and six to immediately sit at two under early in his round. He bogeyed the 10th but got the stroke back with a birdie on the par-three 16th hole. He finished the round with a birdie at No. 3 and made par at No.4.
Sunday’s round also got off to a good start for Abbracciamento with a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole and he later reeled off three birdies in a span of six holes (10, 14, 15) to briefly get to three under through 11 holes. He bogeyed the 18th but finished off the round with four straight pars to remain in a tie for second place on the leaderboard.
Junior Noah Peck (Hunt Valley, Md.) is also in the top-20 after shooting 75 (+3) in Sunday’s round. Freshman Peter Weaver (Frontenac, Mo.) birdied the fifth and 10th holes and had the final Villanova counting score with a round of 76 (+4). He is tied for 27th place, while senior Reb Banas (Winnetka, Ill.) posted a score of 78 (+7) in the opening round.
Also in action on Sunday was sophomore Luke Alexander (Rochester, Minn.) who is competing as an individual in the tournament. Alexander shot 77 in the opening round and had one of the highlights of the day with an eagle on the 460-yard, par-five 15th hole.
Monday’s round will be the final competition for the Wildcats before the BIG EAST Championships which begin on April 26 in Bowling Green, Fla.