ETSU just two strokes back at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate
ETSU freshman Michael Stewart fired a team-best 69 on Saturday.
ETSU freshman Michael Stewart fired a team-best 69 on Saturday.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

ETSU, Coastal Carolina just two back entering third and final round


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 25, 2008) - Wake Forest fired the low team score of the day with a 3-under par 285, leaving the Demon Deacons atop the leaderboard following Saturday's second round action in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges.


With just a two stroke lead over Coastal Carolina and host East Tennessee State, Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas said his team will be looking forward to tomorrow's final round.


"This is why our guys come to Wake Forest - they want this opportunity," said Haas, whose team won the 2002 edition of this event. "It will be a lot of fun for us out there tomorrow. I think today we just did a good job hanging in there during some tough conditions. It wasn't raining, but it was still very wet out there and it made the course that much tougher."


While Haas and the Demon Deacons hold the lead, host ETSU is still on the doorstep and looking to breakthrough in its own tournament, having not won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in the previous 10 years of its existence. The Buccaneers are in good position thanks to another strong effort throughout their lineup, with exceptional play coming from freshman Michael Stewart (Troon, Scotland), who posted a 3-under 69 on the day and currently stands a team best fourth on the individual leaderboard.


"I played the Par 3s three under today and was level on the rest," said Stewart, who trails individual leader Darren Blair of N.C. State by just two strokes. "Being from a windy country I think that helped me to keep the ball under control today. I just tried to play smart and I was pleased with the way that worked out for me today."


ETSU head coach Fred Warren said his team is happy to be in contention.


"It was a rollercoaster out there today, but we hung in there and did what we had to do to stay in it," Warren said. "Michael is a very good player and he showed that today. Tomorrow will be interesting and I think our guys are excited about the opportunity to go out with Wake and Coastal in the final group."


Along with Stewart, the host Bucs watched sophomore Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) finish tied for eighth following a 1-over 73, while sophomore Paul O'Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) is tied for 18th after a 2-over 74 on Saturday. ETSU junior Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) also posted a 74, while freshman Devin Komline (Dorset, Vermont) fired a 3-over 75.


Third and final round play will continue on Sunday. Live scoring is available at

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