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Niner Golf Ninth after Opening Day at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Playing in another highly-competitive field preparing for the Conference USA men’s golf tournament in two weeks, the Charlotte 49ers stand ninth at the 2014 Robert Kepler Invitational hosted by Ohio State. Thomas Rowland leads the Niners standing tied for 13th overall after his pair of 72 performances.

Circuiting the 7,455-yard Scarlet Course playing to a par 71 layout, Rowland had near identical rounds with a pair of birdies and three bogies during each round. Rowland would birdie or bogey 10 different holes through his one-over rounds of 71.

Riley Davenport stood in a tie for third after his one-under 70 to open the day with three birdies and pair of bogies. In round two, Davenport would shoot a six-over 77 after beginning with four bogey squares over the first six holes before adding a late double bogey on the par-5 sixth after a birdie on the same hole in round one.

Like Davenport, Franco Castro also started well with an even par 71 after balancing four birdies with four bogies. In the second trip around the Scarlet Course, Castro managed just one birdie, on 16 for the second-consecutive round, limping to a 78 (+7) in round two.

Raoul Menard would improve 14 positions from round one to two after recovering from a six-over 77 to post a three-over 74. Menard would bogey both starting holes on each nine while drop in a pair of birdies in each circuit around. Daniel Brantley would wrap up team play with improving on a first round 85 to shoot 82 in the second round.

Georgia Tech, ranked #5 nationally, leads the field by four after a seven-over 572. Charlotte would shoot 290 in round one before adding 11 more shots later in round two. Frederik Hammer of host Ohio State leads individually after his three-under day of 139 (70/69).

Round three on Sunday consisting of a final 18 holes begins at 9:42 a.m. for the Niners going off of hole #10 paired with Northwestern and Missouri.

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