GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 62 UNCG men’s golf team opened the spring portion of the 2013-14 schedule with the 16th annual Puerto Rico Classic Sunday with an 8-over par 296 to sit in a tie for 13th place overall in the elite field that includes 14 top 100 teams and five top 10 programs. No. 1 Alabama leads after round one with a 15-under par 273 at the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa’s River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Round two will be played Monday morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Sophomore Taylor Coalson (Dobson, N.C./North Surry) led the Spartans on day one with a 1-under par 71 to sit in 17th place overall. Coalson tallied five birdies on the round, including his final hole of the afternoon.
Junior Alex Ehlert (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) was the Spartans’ second finisher with an even-par 72 while classmate Roy Dixon (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) posted 1-over par 73. Ehlert sits in a tie for 28th overall after 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey. Dixon is in 33rd place overall as he recorded three birdies to go along with four bogeys.
The Puerto Rico Classic is one of the elite tournaments of the season as it features five top 10 teams, 10 top 50 teams and 14 top 100 teams in the Golf Stat rankings. Joining the No. 62 Spartans will be No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 7 Georgia, No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 25 SMU, No. 33 Northwestern, No. 38 Purdue, No. 42 Clemson, No. 43 North Carolina, No. 59 Missouri, No. 66 East Tennessee State, No. 93 N.C. State and No. 108 Michigan. Additionally, the field includes 29 of the top 150 players in the country with 11 in the top 50.