Men's golf through Day One at two tournaments

    Drew Novara is fifth overall at the Grover Page Classic after two rounds.

    Drew Novara is fifth overall at the Grover Page Classic after two rounds.
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    March 11, 2013

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    The Southern Illinois men's golf team wrapped up the first day of two two-day tournaments on Monday, with one group sitting in sixth place at the Grover Page Classic and the other group tied for seventh at the Jackrabbit Invitational. Both squads will play a final round tomorrow.

    The Salukis in Jackson, Tenn., for the Grover Page Classic battled wet and windy conditions through their two rounds. Freshman Drew Novara led the way for SIU, shooting an even-par 144 and sitting just four strokes out of the lead. Novara is currently in fifth place individually.

    "We're really playing some good golf," head coach Leroy Newton said. "I wasn't sure how these youngsters would respond to this tournament, and they came out and did pretty good. Drew (Novara) has played really well, and Ben (Patton) bounced back for a good second round. Everyone contributed in some cold and wet conditions."

    Another freshman, Ben Patton, rebounded from an 80 in the first round to shoot 72 in the second round, something only 10 other players in the 75-player field accomplished. Patton and Novara finished the day tied for second in par-3 scoring, each firing 1-under on par-3 holes. Novara was also among the top-10 individuals in birdies, pars and par-4 scoring.

    Ryan Haxel (155), George Tate (157) and Brady Brown (162) rounded out the squad. Brown is competing in his first career event for the Salukis. Tomorrow's final round tees of with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

    Meanwhile, in Primm, Nev., the field couldn't complete the second round after a frost delay pushed back the start time. At the end of the first round, the Salukis were tied for seventh with North Dakota State. The team score in the first round (295) is the lowest score of the spring season so far for SIU.

    "I'm pretty happy with the scores I've seen," said Newton, who is with the team in Jackson, Tenn. "Every one has played solid so far, and I think they can bump themselves up a couple notches if they all continue to play well."

    Brandon Cauldwell and Jeffrey Miller led a five-man team that all golfed well. All five members of the squad shot 75 or better. Cauldwell led the way with an even-par 72 in the first round, while Miller (73) was one stroke behind. Jake Erickson, Joe Goelzhauser and Caleb Harms all shot 75 in the first round.

    Southern will close out the remaining holes of the second round and start the third and final round of the tournament immediately following the conclusion of the second round tomorrow. For the Jackrabbit Invitational, live results can be found HERE. Live scoring is not available for the Grover Page Classic.