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GREENSBORO, N.C.- Opening up its 2018 season in the annual Rod Myers Invitational hosted by Duke Golf Course in Durham, N.C., UNCG’s men’s golf team on Saturday finished the first two rounds with a total score of 594.

The Spartans currently sit in 10th place but just one stroke behind East Carolina for ninth place. The Spartans will tee off the third and final round Sunday from hole No. 10 from 7:35-9:35 a.m. Live scoring will be available via www.golfstatresults.com.

The Spartans finished the first round with a score of 300, but lowered their score in the second round (294) in a field that also includes three teams currently ranked in the top 25 in Duke (18), UNC (22) and Florida State (25). Penn State currently leads the tournament with a cumulative score of 565 through the first two rounds while North Carolina is just one stroke back at 566.

Sophomore Nick Lyerly, who won the SoCon Individual Championship this part spring and participated in the U.S. Amateur last month, finished the day tied for the 27th best score among participants at 147. In the second round, Lyerly bounced back from back-to-back bogeys to birdie the ninth hole.

Bryce Hendrix, meanwhile, shot a second round 71 with five birdies to two bogeys and one double-bogey in the first tournament of his senior campaign.

Also starting for the Spartans in this weekend’s tournament were juniors Jonathan Brightwell and Ben Buben along with sophomore transfer Zach Swanson.

Participating in his first tournament for UNCG, Swanson finished the day tied for 51st as the Waxhaw, N.C., native recorded three second round birdies along with five bogeys and one double-bogey.

Representing the Spartans in individual play during the weekend are junior Grant Powell and freshman Ben Crow. Powell finished Saturday’s 36 holes tied in 66th with a score of 155 while Crow collected a total score of 167.

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