SMITHFIELD, T.I. -- The Bryant University golf team had a rough start to the 2011 Adams Cup of Newport hosted by URI at Newport National Country Club Monday afternoon, finishing the first two rounds in 19th place with a round still to play in the two-day, three-round tournament.
Senior Spencer Sweitzer (Lunenburg, Mass.) led the team after one round of play with a team-best 78 (+6), tying him for 59th after the afternoon session while sophomore Zach Garbacik (Hadley, Mass.) shot just one over Sweitzer's score to enter a tie for 70th overall. Rookie Conor McGovern (South Darien, Conn.) and Samuel Russell (Southborough, Mass.) each finished the early go-round with a nine-over 81, but both would raise that score in the afternoon lap - a round highlighted by a seven-stroke improvement from McGovern.
The rookie shot a career-best 74 in the second round of the day, just two over par, to move up into a tie for 64th on the tournament. Russell and senior Grant Certuse (Mansfield, Mass.) also recorded better rounds in the nightcap, as the former recorded a second-round 79 and the latter improved from a 83-stroke opener to a score of 81 and a tie for 91st.
Sweitzer's round-two 79 moved the veteran into a knot for 75th with a two-round score of 157, second best on the team, while Garbacik also used an extra stroke in the late lap for a two-round 159 (T-82nd).
As a team, the Bulldogs improved by seven strokes in the nightcap, 319 t0 312, but could not make any headway up the rankings, remaining in 19th entering Tuesday's closing action.
UCF finished first in the round shooting an even 288, but fell to second after round two behind the University of Georgia, whose second-round 275 led the tournament. On the individual leaderboard, Georgia's Nick Reach gave way to teammate Bryden Macpherson annd UCF's Ricardo Gouveia at the conclusion of Monday play despite leading after one round by a pair of strokes. The top 12 golfers all finished the day under par, with the top pair sporting two-round scores of 138 (-6).
Adams Cup play continues Tuesday with the third and final round in Newport, R.I.