Buccaneers enter final round with three stroke edge
BRASELTON, Ga. (April 20, 2010) - The No. 31-ranked ETSU men's golf team still holds the lead at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, but a resurgent North Florida pulled to within striking distance during Tuesday's second round play on the Legends course at Chateau Elan.
The Buccaneers held on to their lead but saw it cut dramatically as they battled an on-and-off rain to hold a three-stroke advantage over the No. 20-ranked Ospreys heading into the final round Wednesday on the Legends at Chateau Elan. ETSU, which led by nine strokes entering the day's action, has four players currently residing in the top 10 led by junior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England), who posted an even par 72 on day two to retain a share of the individual lead.
As a team, ETSU currently stands at 5-under-par 571, followed by UNF at 2-under 574.
Along with Enoch, the Bucs' Paul O'Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) fired his second straight 1-under par 71 to move into third place, while senior Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) is tied for fourth after ending the second round with a 74 and two-day total of 1-under par 143. Sophomore Michael Stewart (Troon, Scotland) also continued to play well for the Bucs and is tied for eighth at 1-over-par 145.
Kevin Phelan and Joe Byun led the UNF resurgence. The duo combined to shoot 5-under par with Phelan recording the lone round in the 60's, a 3-under par 69, to vault into a tie for first place with Enoch. Both players cruised around the course despite the wet conditions carding bogey-free rounds. Seniors Jordan Gibb and J.C. Horne each added even-par rounds to bolster the Ospreys.
FGCU moved into sole possession of third place and will join the two nationally-ranked programs in the final group on Wednesday after posting the second-best team score of the day, a 1-over par 289. A pair of back nine birdies helped Patrick Williams card a 1-under par 71 for the Eagles while Michael Hart used an eagle at the par-5 14th hole, the lone eagle turned on Tuesday, to move into a tie for eighth at 1-over par.
The players seemed to take advantage of soft greens due to the rain and accessible hole locations to shave over a stroke off the field's scoring average from the previous day.
A lot is on the line heading into tomorrow's final round. ETSU will be looking to maintain its stranglehold on Medalist honors as the Bucs aim for their fourth straight individual title. Both the Bucs and Ospreys sit in prime position to claim a second conference title for their programs.
Final round play takes place on Wednesday with teams teeing off on both No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:00am. Follow the scores at GolfStat.com.