SOUTHPORT, N.C. (April 22, 2016) – College of Charleston holds an eight stroke lead after the first day of play at the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men's Golf Championship on the par-72, 6,784-yard Founders Club course at St. James Plantation. Individually, College of Charleston junior William Rainey holds a one-stroke advantage atop the leaderboard.
Rainey was the only golfer to shoot under par on a windy day. He finished with a 71 (-1) which included three birdies and an eagle. Drexel's Christopher Crawford and James Madison's Alex Henderson, are one stroke behind in second place after both shot an even-par 72. College of Charleston's Parker Derby, who also had an eagle, carded a 73 (+1) and stands in fourth place.
The Cougars, the two-time defending CAA champions, shot a collective 296 to finish at +8 for the day but 11 strokes separate first and sixth places. James Madison finished with a score of 304 (+16) to stand in second place while Drexel posted a 305 (+17). UNCW is one stroke behind in fourth place at 306 (+18) followed Elon and Delaware which are tied at 307 (+19). Towson sits in seventh place at 314 (+26) followed by William & Mary at 322 (+34) and Hofstra 326 (+38).
Things are equally close individually as just four strokes separate fourth and tenth places. UNCW sophomore Thomas Eldridge and Delaware's Kieran Purcell each finished with a 74 (+2) and are tied in fifth place. In seventh place at 75 (+3) are Drexel's Yoseph Dance, College of Charleston's Anthony Gabriele and Elon's Philip Loeb. In tenth place, six players are tied at 76 (+4): James Madison's Ryan Cole, UNCW's Patrick Cover, Drexel's Brian Fischer, Towson's Jimmy Grem, Elon's Charlie May and Delaware's Mark Oliveri.