SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – Lamar University holds a four-shot lead over Charlotte after two rounds at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament.
Chattanooga’s John Hodge is the individual leader after firing a pair of 68’s in Monday’s two rounds. He holds a one-shot lead over Chadd Cocco of St. Mary’s (CA). Brian Grossman from Stephen F. Austin and the Maryland duo of John Eades and Tyler Whitman sit two shots off the pace in a tie for third.
UNC Greensboro, the tournament host, is in fifth place in the team standings, 12 shots off of the pace. Jake Lowder and J.D. Bass are in a tie for ninth place individually, four shots behind Hodge.
Maryland’s Eades was the leader after Monday’s first 18 holes, firing an opening round 65. Eades fired a 35 on the front nine and a six-under 30 on the back to record the second lowest opening round score in the tournament’s five-year history. He had one eagle and five birdies in the opening round, playing the Par 5’s at four-under. Eades bested Richmond’s Jordan Utley, who fired a 67 in the opening round including a five-under 31 on the front side. Utley faded in the afternoon, however, shooting a 74 to sit in a tie for 12th entering Tuesday’s final round.
UNCG was fifth after the opening round, seven shots behind team standings leader Lamar, who shot a 279 in the opening round thanks to four players shooting under par. Andrew Landry was Lamar’s top player in the opening round, firing a 68 to tie for third place, individually. After two rounds, Dawie VanDerWalt and Justin Harding are Lamar’s top golfers, sitting in a tie for sixth place, three shots off the lead.
The Spartans were paced in the first 18 holes by Lowder and defending tournament champion Nathan Stamey, who both fired one-under 71 in the opening round.
The third and final round gets underway with a shotgun start on Tuesday at 8:15 am.
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