Parker's Strong First Round Leads Men's Golf in Day One

Oct. 17, 2011

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Led by a first round 3-under par 69 from junior Chase Parker, the University of Kentucky men’s golf team finished the first round of the inaugural AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic in fifth place. Parker finds himself in the top 20 at the end of Monday’s opening 36 holes, and the Wildcats, as a team, sit in ninth.

An Augusta, Ga., native and former Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team selection, Parker tied his season-low score of 69 in the first round at Berkeley Hills Country Club (par 72, 6,694 yards). Parker shot a 6-over par 78 in the second round to finish day one in a tie for 19th at 3-over par.

Kentucky, as a team, shot an 8-over par 296 in the first round, and followed it up with a 12-over par 300. The Wildcats enter Tuesday’s final round in ninth place. Tuesday’s round will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET with pairings teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10 every nine minutes. Kentucky will begin from the 10th tee starting at 8:27 a.m.

Junior Joseph Barr, who finished in a tie for third with Parker at the Bearcat Invitational last week, finished the first day with a combined score of 6-over par 150. Barr carded an opening round of 73 and followed it with a 77 and sits in 29th.

Sophomore Stephen Powers will enter the final round in a tie for 39th after finishing the first day with 7-over par 151. Powers shot a 4-over par 76 in the first round and a 3-over par 75 in the second round.

Sophomore Cody Martin and freshman David Snyder each carded first round scores of 78 and second round scores of 74 to find themselves at 8-over par. Snyder is playing in his first-ever collegiate tournament with his score counting toward the team’s total. Snyder’s first two tournament experiences were as an individual.

Freshman Will Bishop, who is playing as an individual this week, sits at 17-over par after the first day. Bishop will tee off from No. 10 at 8:00 a.m.

The AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic field consists of a dozen teams and 75 players. In addition to Kentucky and host-school Georgia State, the tournament field includes Chattanooga, East Carolina, Furman, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Minnesota, UNC-Greensboro, North Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Wofford. Kennesaw State has three individuals in the tournament, but is not competing as a team.

For more information on the Kentucky men’s golf team, including news and results from the final round of the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, go to UKathletics.com.

AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic
Berkeley Hills Country Club
Par 72 – 6,694 yards

Day One Results (First and Second rounds)
T19. Chase Parker – 69, 78 – 147 (+3)
T29. Joseph Barr – 73, 77 – 150 (+6)
T39. Stephen Powers – 76, 75 – 151 (+7)
T44. Cody Martin – 78, 74 – 152 (+8)
T44. David Snyder – 78, 74 – 152 (+8)
*70. Will Bishop – 83, 78 – 161 (+17)
9. KENTUCKY – 296, 300 – 596 (+20)