Garcia Leads Field at NEC's; Pioneers are Tied for Fourth

Junior Leopoldo Garcia shot a 77 in round one.
Junior Leopoldo Garcia shot a 77 in round one.


DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 4, 2012) - Sacred Heart senior Leopoldo Garcia (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) sits atop the leader board after the first day of competition at the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach. 

Garcia holds a one stroke lead after the first 18-holes of the 54-hole championship tournament carding an even par 72.   The 2009 NEC Rookie of the Year birdied 13, 14 and 16 to keep him in first. He finished the day shooting par to solidify the top-spot on the leader board. The defending champion Pioneers also have a second representative in the top-10, as junior Josh Salah (Gloucester, MA), booked a 74 to finish in a tie for fifth.

The Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers lead after Friday's opening round, with a score of 297 and four golfers sitting in the top-10.  The defending champion Pioneers are nine strokes back, tied in fourth place with Robert Morris with matching scores of 306.

SHU r-freshman Will Smittle (Scarsdale, NY) shot 79 on Friday, sitting tied for 27th overall. 

The second round of the 2011 NEC Men's Golf Championship is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The final round is slated for Sunday, May 6.