NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Saint Leo men’s golfer JP Albuquerque began his run at a national title on Tuesday afternoon, shooting a five-over 77 in round one action of the 2010 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships.

Albuquerque currently sits in a tie for 30th, along with a cast of others who are also vying for a chance at hoisting the trophy. Overall, Nova Southeastern’s Ben Vertz leads the 20 team, 105-player field delivering an even-par performance on day one at the par-72, 7,132 yard Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.

Nova Southeastern is also leading the team portion of the tournament, as they tabulated a team-score of 11-over 299. Their 11-over is four strokes ahead of fellow SSC institution Florida Southern. In fact, four of the top-11 teams currently come from the “Conference of National Champions”.

In first round action, Albuquerque shook off an early double bogey on the second hole to post a par score on six of the next seven holes to close the front nine at three-over.

Unfortunately, a bogey at 10 dropped him to four-over with eight holes left to play. But after paring the next two holes, the Londrina, Brazil native delivered his first birdie of the day on 13 to bring his score to three-over.

Still, it was hard for the Lions’ senior to continue consistent play, as he finished the final five holes with two bogeys. Despite the score, Albuquerque is right in the middle of making a push towards the front over the next three days, as just a handful of golfers seperate him from the top-10.

Albuquerque will begin the second round on the back-nine with an 8:20 a.m. tee-time.  Continue following Albuquerque with the links below.

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