UNCW Surges to Take Lead at CAA Men’s Golf Championship After 36 Holes
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (April 27, 2013) – UNCW men’s golf team shot 5-under on Saturday and improved their second day total score by 22 shots to boost their position to first place of the 2013 CAA Men’s Golf Championship on the St. James Plantation Reserve Club.
The Seahawks leaped from third to first with a two day score of 588 (305-283). James Madison moved into second place after scoring 297 on the second round to total 603 headed into the final round and William & Mary stands in third place after scoring 304-306—610 after 36-holes on the 7,069-yard, par 72 course. Drexel, which was in first place after the first 18 holes, fell back to fourth place posting a 311 mark in the second round. The Dragons have scored 303-311—614 in the tournament. Towson erased 18 shots from its first round score (317), to card 299 in the second outing for 616 after two days. Delaware stands in sixth place (309-311—620) and Hofstra is in seventh place (332-316—648).
UNCW was led by junior’s Payne McLeod and Josh Woodfox’s round- and tournament-lows of 67. McLeod birdied three holes in the front nine, and finished the day with three-consecutive birdies on the final three holes of the course. Woodfox also birdied on six holes. McLeod moved from fourth place to the top of the individual leaderboard (73-67—140) after carding 4-under par for the tournament after 36 holes. Woodfox (79-67—147, +2) jumped from tied for 17th to third place heading into Sunday’s final round. Stefan Brewer is tied for 10th after scoring 76-75-151 (+7) in the tournament.
James Madison was led by Rich Leeper, who is currently tied for fifth place with teammate Ryan Vince, after carding 75-73—148 (+4), while Vince had shot a consistent 74 the past two rounds (148, +4).
William & Mary’s Alex Hicks, who was tied for first place after the first round, fell to second place before the final round after carding 71-73—144 (E). Drexel’s James Braunsberg, also tied for medalist after the first round, dropped to fourth place after scoring 76 in the second round (71-76—147, +3). Teammate Chistopher Crawford finished the second round tied for seventh carding 5-over par (72-77—149), and was joined by Delaware’s Braden Shattuck (74-75—149, T7) and W&M’s Jeremy Wells (74-75—149, T7).
Towson’s Joe Gunerman entered the top 10 with UNCW’s Brewer, as he is tied for 10th after scoring 7-over par with a 77-74-151 (+7).
The 54-hole championship is scheduled to continue on Sunday. The teams will start at split tees at 8:00 a.m., on the Reserve Club. UNCW, James Madison, William and Mary, Drexel and Towson will tee-off on the first tee, while Delaware and Hofstra will tee-off on the 10th tee. The awards ceremony will follow at the conclusion of play. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com. The winning team will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA’s and the individual medalist, if not on the winning team, will also earn an automatic bid as an individual to the NCAA’s.