Sept. 26, 2010
Chicago, Ill. - The Florida Atlantic University men's golf team braved inclement weather and top-notch competition to shoot two consistent scores on the first day of the season-opening Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern University, in Chicago. The Owls stand 15th after the opening 36 holes.
The tournament is one of the nation's premier collegiate events of the fall, with FAU joining Big Ten opponents Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue along with Kent State, UC Davis, Tennessee, Coastal Carolina, California, Tulsa, Long Beach State, Princeton and Marquette.
Playing in 50-degree temperatures with winds gusting to 20 mph, Florida Atlantic improved its team score by seven shots from the morning opening round to the afternoon session. The team completed the day with a 607 score. Michigan leads with a 572 score with California trailing by two strokes.
Individually, FAU junior Michael Baskovich had two consistent rounds to pace the Owls' performance. He carded rounds of 74 and 75 on the 7,067 par-71 North Shore Country Club layout, making three birdies during the second of Sunday's rounds. He is tied for 39th place.
Freshman Casey Matthews began his collegiate career in style, matching the team's best score for the day with a two-over-par 73 in the first round. The Miami native is tied for 46th place - out of 90 golfers.
Meanwhile, junior Justin Thompson also recorded a two-over-par round in the second round, and senior Kelly McHugh shot a four-over-par 75 during the second round.
The Windon has an illustrious history, with current professional tour members Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Ben Curtis and Joe Ogilvie finishing as runners-up in the event. Donald and current PGA Tour member Hunter Mahan are past champions, as are current Nationwide Tour members Tom Johnson and 2007 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Public Links champion Colt Knost. The North Shore Country Club has hosted U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Championships.
The Owls will return to the links on Monday morning to conclude action in the season-opening event.
T-39) Michael Baskovich 149; T-46) Casey Matthews 150; T-62) Justin Thompson 153; T-70) Kelly McHugh 154; T-83) Stephen Quillinan 159