Oct. 2, 2009
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The St. John's senior Evan Beirne got off to fast start at the Mission Inn Intercollegiate on Friday, carding a first-round 69 (-2) to enter the Saturday's second round one stroke off the leader.
"I hit a lot of good iron shots very close to the pin and made some good putts," said Beirne, who is tied with Rollins College's Jordan Lewis for second place.
The Red Storm, who is the host of the tournament at Mission Inn Resort & Club's El Campéon Golf Course, sits in sixth place after shooting 298. Florida Gulf Coast leads the field at 285 and the Eagles' Daniel Mazziotta is the top individual after carding a first-round 68.
Beirne shot 33 on the back nine and 36 on the font nine. He tallied four birdies, one of which was on the par 3 15th hole from 25 feet out. Beirne's first-round 69 marks is third round in the 60s this season. He shot a 69 and 66 in the first two rounds of The McLaughlin at Bethpage's Red Course (Sept. 18).
"It was a pretty good day for scoring," Beirne said. "There wasn't much wind. Pin locations were very accessible. If you put it on the right spot on the green, you can make some putts. So just managing your way around it was a big thing."
STJ brothers Mike Ballo Jr. and Peter Ballo each shot 76 and are tied for 29th place. Mark Costanza is tied for 34th place after shooting a 77. Jeremy Quinn rounded out the Red Storm's five-man team with an 88. Dan Mollicone shot an 82 while competing as an individual.
St. John's tied for the second most birdies in the first round with 12. Appalachian State led all teams with 14.
The Red Storm will be paired with Boston College for the second straight round on Saturday. Both teams tee off from the first hole starting at 7:30 a.m.
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