MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Shooting the lowest team round in program history, the West Virginia University golf team sits fifth in the 21-team field at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational at the par-71 Royal Ka’anapali Course in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Friday.
The Mountaineers carded a team score of 274, besting the previous team low of 275 set at the Janney VCU Shootout earlier this season. It is also the third-best performance vs. par in program history at 10 under.
No. 15 Cal is atop the team leaderboard at 18-under par with a 266, followed by No. 12 LSU and No. 4 South Carolina in second at 16-under par (266). No. 18 Kent State is two strokes ahead of WVU and in fourth place with a score of 272 for 12 over.
“Avery Schneider really stepped up for us today,” WVU coach Sean Covich said. “He closed his round with six birdies over his final eight holes. Both Etienne Papineau and Tristan Nicholls also closed out their rounds strong over the final few holes. Overall, it was a solid start to this tournament. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, but I’m really proud of how we closed out this opening round.”
Senior Avery Schneider tied his career low – and the WVU program low-round – with a 66 for five under. He registered eight total birdies and sits in a tie for sixth place after 18 holes of play. Freshman Mathew Sharpstene is a stroke back from Schneider and tied for 12th place. He birdied five holes on the front nine and added another on the back to shoot a career-low 67 for four-under par.
Sophomore Etienne Papineau is tied for 20th place at three-under par. He birdied seven holes on the front nine on his way to a 68 for three under.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Philipp Matlari closed his round with three birdies and an eagle. He carded a score of 72 for one-over par and is tied for 65th place. Junior Tristan Nicholls shot two-over par with a 73 and is tied for 79th.
Junior Max Sear rounds out the crew. He finished the day three over par with a 74 and is tied for 86th place.
West Virginia returns to the links for the second round of play at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
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