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Men's golf opens at Bowdoin Invitational, led by Pierce's 76

Spencer Pierce

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Sophomore Spencer Pierce fired a 76 on the first day of the season-opening Bowdoin Invitational, leading the Bates men's golf team to ninth place among 11 teams. The tournament concludes Sunday at Brunswick Golf Course.

Bates' top four players combined to shoot a 322, a stroke behind both St. Joseph's and UMaine-Farmington but ahead of CBB rivals Bowdoin (325) and Colby (354). Providence College is the first-day leader at 300.

Pierce (Winnetka, Ill.) tied for the 10th-best score among 61 players in the tournament. Behind him for the Bobcats were junior captain Brad Rutkin (Great Neck, N.Y.) at 80, sophomore Matt Marcus (Newton, Mass.) with an 81 and junior captain Alex Stekler (Avon, Conn.) shooting an 85.