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Point Park in first place with 8-shot lead after Rd 1 of Berea Spring Tee-Off

March 29, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET



RICHMOND, Ky. -- The Point Park University men's golf team is in first place with an eight-shot lead after Friday's first round of the Berea (Ky.) College Spring Tee-Off at Battlefield Golf Club in Richmond, Ky.

It was the first tournament of the spring for the Pioneers, who shot 297 over the first 18 holes of the 36-hole tourney. The final round is Saturday at 9 a.m.

The tournament field includes all seven teams from the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, of which Point Park is a first-year member. The Pioneers were picked to finish 3rd of 7 teams in the KIAC Men's Golf Preseason Coaches' Poll (Jan. 28).

Point Park is in first place of eight teams, and eight shots back in a tie for second are KIAC member Asbury (Ky.) and non-conference opponent Thomas More (Ky.) each with 305. IU East is in fourth place at 316 followed by four-time defending KIAC champion Brescia (Ky.) in fifth at 320.

Senior Billy Wivell, a native of Deer Lakes, Pa., shot a 71 to lead Point Park on Friday. Junior James Daley (Youngstown, Ohio) shot 73, and senior Austin Elder (Warren, Ohio) turned in a 74. The team score was rounded out with a 79 from junior Chris Bowen (Bethel Park, Pa.).

Point Park has three of the two five individuals after 18 holes. Wivell is in second place individually, one shot back of first-round leader Steven Brooks of Asbury with a 70. Daley is in third place, and Elder is tied for fourth with Asbury's Jon Wilkes.

Point Park sophomore Collin Holmes totaled an 82 after a rough start, but he shot 1-under over his final 13 holes. Junior Steve Veydt shot an 81 competing as an individual.

Round 1 Team Leaderboard
1. Point Park -- 297
T2. Asbury (Ky.), Thomas More (Ky.) -- 305
4. IU East -- 316
5. Brescia (Ky.) -- 320
6. Cincinnati Christian -- 336
7. Berea (Ky.) -- 344
8. Hiwassee (Tenn.) -- 375
9. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) -- 424

Round 1 Individual Leaderboard
1. Steven Brooks (Asbury) -- 70
2. Billy Wivell (Point Park) -- 71
3. James Daley (Point Park) -- 73
T4. Austin Elder (Point Park), Jon Wilkes (Asbury) -- 74