Lake Buena Vista, FL – Defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion and McLeod Trophy winner, junior Mike Winter shot an even par (72) and sits tied in second place after the first round of the 2018 MAAC Men's Golf Championship. The defending team champion, Peacocks ended day one in seventh place on the team leaderboard.
"Mike is playing really well," said head coach Nick Dilio. "He really enjoys playing this golf course. Another two rounds like today and he will be right near the top."
Winter began his title defense on the back nine, hitting bogeys on holes 10 and 13 and birdies on 11 and 18, finishing on par thru nine. On the front nine, Winter bogeyed on hole 1 before shooting three out of four birdies on holes 4, 5, and 7 putting him 2-under par for the first time in the round. A double bogey on the final hole of the day would place him at an even par through one round, leaving him as the only Peacock to finish in the top-10. He sits three strokes behind current leader, Michael Christifulli of Siena 69 (-3) and is tied in second with Iona's duo of Oisin Deveruex and Justin Burkhamer.
Following Winter was freshman, Jeffrey Peters who shot a 77 (+5) in the opening round. Peters shot two birdies and five bogeys, good for a 20th place tie. Michael Stewart posted a 78 (+6) and is tied for 26th after hitting one birdie and five bogeys. David Powers and Stanley Garrant both sit tied for 42nd shooting an 83 (+11) in the first round.
"It wasn't our best day, but we've been in this situation before," added Dilio. "There is a lot of golf left to be played and we will need low scores from everyone to catch the leaders."
The Peacocks currently sit in seventh place after posting a 310 (+22). Siena leads the field after shooting 293 (+5). Following Siena is Iona is in second place (295), Canisius in third (299), Monmouth in fourth (305), Manhattan and Rider tied for fifth (306). Niagara and Fairfield both trail the Peacocks on the leaderboard.
Round two action begins at 7:30 a.m. for the Peacocks, with Stanley Garrant teeing off first. David Powers follows at 7:39 a.m., then Michael Stewart at 7:48 a.m., Jeffrey Peters at 7:57 a.m., and Mike Winter at 8:06 a.m.