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Leon Fricker Leads Way at Gary Freeman Invitational

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman sophomore men’s golfer Leon Fricker shot a two-under-par, 70 on Sunday, leading the men’s tournament field after the opening day of the B-CU Gary Freeman Spring Invitational. The two-day, 36-hole tournament is taking place at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.

In posting his opening round 70, Fricker, a native of Ivybridge, England, carded his third 70-or-lower round of the 2013-14 season. It is also the first time in the Gary Freeman Invitational that Leon Fricker has scored an under-par round at Halifax Plantation Golf Club.

As a team, Bethune-Cookman leads the eight-team men’s field by eight strokes, scoring a first day 291. That puts the Cats at three-over-par on the day. They are followed closely by Army in second place (299, +11).

Fellow Ivybridge native Ryan Fricker, the older brother of Leon, sits in second place in the tournament field, shooting an opening round even-par 72. Teammate Matthew McKnight of Northern Ireland scored an opening round one-over-par 73, sitting tied for third in the field alongside Travis Roe of Savannah State and Eric Peng of Army.

B-CU senior Rafael Abad sits tied for ninth in the tournament field after turning in a four-over-par 76 scorecard through the first 18 holes. The last Wildcat golfer figuring into the scoring was Emmanuel Petrich, carding a seven-over-par 79.

JaMichael Jones, playing as an individual in the field for B-CU, carded an opening round four-over-par 76, tied with teammate Abad in ninth place.

The final round gets underway Monday at 8 a.m., back at Halifax Plantation Golf Club.

A complete list of scores and results from Sunday’s opening round, as well as round two pairings, can be found at the tournament central website located here.

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