LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Peter Mahal (Great Meadows, N.J./Hackettstown) and Nicholas Nguyen (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) tied for third as the Philadelphia University men's golf team had a strong second place finish in a tri-match against Concordia (N.Y.) and the University of the Sciences in the first event of the 2016-17 season Monday at The ACE Club.
Philadelphia opened the year with a team score of 314, just nine stroke behind Concordia—a 2016 NCAA national championship tournament team—for first place overall. USciences was a distant third after needing 340 strokes to complete its round.
Mahal and Nguyen each carded a round of 77 (+5) to finish in a deadlock for third in the 15-player event. Thomas Lucci (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was one shot behind his two teammates with a 78 (+6) and was tied for fifth.
Jayson Gonzalez-Adams (Mayaguyez, Puerto Rico/Colegio Rosa-Bell) also factored into the Rams' score as he completed his round with a score of 82 (+10) to end up in eighth place. In his first collegiate competition, Kyle Zeller (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) was tied for 12th with a round of 86 (+14).
Concordia's Mark Kilpatrick had the round of the day with the first-place score of 74 (+2). The Devils' top player was Andy Ring, who had a score of 83 (+11) to come in 11th.
Philadelphia's next event is the Swarthmore Fall Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Rock Manor Golf Club in Wilmington, Del.