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Ben Westley's 70 Leads Rain-Shortened First Day at Wexford



HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Despite rain and lightning threatening play and shortening the first day of action to a single round, Ben Westley fired a career-best 70 to lead the DePaul golf team at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate. Westley's round puts him in a three-way tie for first on the individual leaderboard while the team sits in a group in sixth place.

Westley carded a 35 on each nine to finish the round with a two-under score of 70. He is tied with John Skeadas of Davidson and Francis Marion's Ciaran McKenna entering Tuesday's final 18 holes. The 70 is the sophomore's best round this season and improves upon the previous career-best round of 71 he accomplished twice during his freshman campaign.

Following Westley is Michael Furci in a group in 20th place. Furci is one of 14 players that finished the rain-shortened day with a 74 in his 18 holes. Furci's two-over round consisted of a 37 on each nine. Charles Boucher sits in a tie for 41st following a 40 going out and a 36 coming in for a four-over score of 76 while Greg Doherty is in a group at 64th with a 79 (+7). Russell Budd rounds out DePaul's fivesome following an 81 in his first round.

In the team standings, host Francis Marion sits on top with a team score of 289 (+1). Francis Marion is followed by Wake Forest (293) and Davidson (296). Samford and Wofford sit in a tie for fourth at 297 while DePaul, USC Aiken and Ohio University are tied for sixth at 299.

Tuesday's action starts at 8:30 a.m. ET with the final 18 holes. Following the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, the Blue Demons travel to Dade City, Fla. for the USF Invitational, Mar. 5-7.