Gents Land in Seventh After Day One of Battle on the Bend
Monday, November 7, 2005

Reid Petree

Ryan Oliver

Nathan Hensley

David Viviano

MANY, La.--Led by an opening-round 73 from freshman Reid Petree, the Centenary Gents golf team finds itself in seventh place after the first round of the Battle on the Bend golf tournament at Cypress Bend Golf Resort in Many, La.


The Gents fired a 299 on the hilly 6,707-yard par 72 Cypress Bend layout. Centenary is 15 shots back of first-round leader New Orleans, which carded a four-under par 284. Rice came in second with a 288, while Southeastern Louisiana shot 292 to finish third. Tulane finished fourth at 295 as Sam Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette tied for fifth at 298. McNeese and Texas State (301) were tied for eighth, followed by the Houston JV team (302) and Nicholls State (303). Stephen F. Austin and UT-Pan American tied for last at 305.


Robert Gwin of Sam Houston State was one of ten players under par, shooting a four-under 68 to lead the individual medalist race after the first round. Parker LaBarge of Rice shot the only other round under 70 with his three-under 69.


Petree, playing in the number two slot in the Centenary order, carded two birdies, including a three at the 341-yard par four finishing hole to pace the Gents. He was bolstered by solid play from the Gents’ numbers three and four players, senior Ryan Oliver and freshman Nathan Hensley.


Oliver shot 74 to open his tournament play, thanks to a terrific rally late on the front nine. After starting four over par for his first six holes, Oliver birdied the par-five seventh and par-five ninth to post a two-over front nine. He parred out on the back to remain two over par.


Hensley staged a similar rally, firing a two-under par 34 on the back nine after posting a five-over 41 on the front. He ended his round the same way as Petree, carding a birdie on the final hole.


Senior David Viviano, out last as the team’s number-one player, posted a 77 to complete the scoring for the Gents. The team’s fifth member, Zach Bruhnke, struggled to a 100 in the first group out in the morning.


Round two of the three-round tournament will commence Tuesday morning with the final round to be played Wednesday.