Beavers, Vols head into final round looking to make a move
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 17, 2009) - The ETSU men's golf team improved its score by seven strokes from a day earlier, posting a round of 1-under-par 287 to move up two spots on the team leaderboard Saturday during second round play in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges.
The Buccaneers are currently seventh in the 15-team field, while No. 13 Oregon State and No. 21 Tennessee finished the second day of action tied at the top with identical scores of 9-under-par 567. Individually, the Beavers' Diego Velasquez continues to power his team with some impressive play. Despite continued cold temperatures on Saturday, Velasquez carded a 2-under-par round of 70 and stands at 8-under 136 (66-70) to lead by three strokes over UNC Wilmington's Josh Brock and Tennessee's David Holmes.
"We feel like we have a very deep team this year, and it's really been tough for some of our guys to make our fourth or fifth spot in the lineup," said Oregon State head coach Brian Watts, referring to his team's 12-man roster. "It's been very competitive (in qualifying) and I think that helps us. We're right where we need to be, and we're excited about coming out here tomorrow to see what happens. Diego has just been really good for us this weekend."
The Beavers held a one-stroke edge over the Volunteers after the first round on Friday, but the Vols managed to be one better on Saturday to even things up. Meanwhile, host ETSU overcame the disappointment of a tough final three holes on Friday - when the Bucs went from 7-under-par to 6-over-par - to fire a solid 1-under round.
"I think our guys put yesterday behind them pretty well," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "All the guys played better today and gave us some solid rounds. We moved up two spots and we'll do our best to improve some more tomorrow."
Individually for ETSU, junior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) joined senior Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) to post the Bucs' best rounds of the day with 1-under scores of 71. Enoch remains the highest ETSU player on the leaderboard, finishing the day where he began in a tie for 18th. Sophomore Devin Komline (Dorset, Vermont) carded an even par 72 on Saturday and is currently tied for 25th, while Power is tied for 29th.
Third round and final round action will conclude on Sunday, with Golfstat.com once again providing live scoring updates. Meanwhile, ETSUBucs.com will have a complete wrap up of the day's play at the conclusion of action on the course.