PORTSMOUTH, RI - The Temple Golf team continued its strong late season play, combining for a 295 to take a four-stroke lead at the 11-team URI Spring Invitational after the opening round of play at the Green Valley Country Club Friday.
Only three strokes separated the Owls' top four golfers on the day with senior Andrew Mason leading the squad and tying for third overall with a one over-par 71. Freshman Steve Burak carded a two-over 73 to tie for sixth while freshmen Connor McNicholas and Russell Hartung were deadlocked in 15th place with 75s. Sophomore Devin Bibeau rounded out the Temple squad with an 80 (t-36th).
Host Rhode Island fielded two teams with the Rams B squad placing second (299) while its A team is tied for third with Iona and Bryant at 302. Saint Joseph's is next with a 304 followed by Army (305), Canisius and Fordham (308), Siena (314) and Providence (348).
Army's Anthony Kim was the lone golfer to shoot under par, carding a two-under 69.
The Invitational concludes with one round Saturday with an 11:00 a.m. tee time.