DICKSON, Tenn. – Austin Peay extended its first round lead and is on top after round two of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Golf Championship being played at GreyStone Club in Dickson.
The Governors entered the day with a four-shot lead over Belmont and was able to extend that advantage, on an overcast and cool day, to nine shots over two-time defending champion Jacksonville State entering the final round.
APSU, looking to secure its eighth overall OVC Men’s Golf Championship and first since 2009, will take that lead into the final round which is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday although heavy rain is predicted in the area. If the first group is not able to tee-off by 10:20 a.m. the final round will be cancelled.
The Governors have a two round total of 568 (-8) while Jacksonville State is at 577 (+1). The next six teams are separated by just seven strokes with Tennessee Tech (581), Belmont (582), Murray State (584), Eastern Kentucky (586), Morehead State (587) and Tennessee State (588) finishing neck-and-neck today. The field is rounded out by SIUE (592), UT Martin (597) and Eastern Illinois (609).
Eight of the 11 teams either equaled or improved their totals from Thursday’s rounds.
This year’s field features 11 teams, the largest field in OVC Men’s Golf Championship history.
Individually Murray State senior Patrick Newcomb took over sole possession of first place, following his round of 69 with a 2-under score of 70 on Friday. Newcomb, last year’s OVC Golfer of the Year, rebounded from a double bogey on 12 to birdie two of the final five holes down the stretch. He has a one shot lead over UT Martin sophomore Brendon Caballero who dropped from a tie for first to second after a 1-under score of 71.
Six different players shot in the 60s on Friday and overall 14 total players are under par after two rounds.
The Austin Peay team equaled its first round team total of 284 on Friday as defending OVC medalist Anthony Bradley had a round of 69 (-3) to jump into a tie for third place, two shots out of the lead. Senior Dustin Korte had a round of 71 and is also tied for third while Marco Iten and Chris Baker each had scores of 72 and are tied for 10th.
Jacksonville State was paced by 1-under rounds of 71 from Tomasz Anderson and Dorian Fernandez on Friday. Anderson is tied for eighth overall (142, -2) while Fernandez is one shot back in 10th.
Tennessee Tech produced the second-lowest team total of the tournament on Friday with a 286 (-2) score to jump from sixth place to third. Adam Cunningham was one of three total players to card a 4-under round of 68 on Friday and jump to 33rd place. Lee Whitehead followed his round of 70 from Thursday with an even par round of 72 to move into eighth place (142). The Golden Eagles are looking for their best finish at the OVC Championship since finishing second in a playoff at the 2006 event.
Belmont, playing in its first OVC Championship, slipped from second to fourth during round two. Ashton Van Horne had the team’s low round of the tournament, a 3-under par score of 69 to move into a tie for third place (141, -1).
Freshman Preston French, an OVC All-Newcomer pick this year, had a score of 68 (-4) on Friday to jump from 51st to 29th place for Murray State.
Eastern Kentucky improved by four shots from round one as Stuart Witt had a 3-under score of 69 to jump to 10th place.
Host Morehead State fell back three spots after round one. Jared Flanery carded the team’s low round of the day (72) while Matthew Logan is once again the team’s top golfer in the standings; Logan has a two-round total of 145 (+1) and is in 15th place.
Tennessee State produced two of the best individual rounds in Friday’s action as James Stepp had a round of 68 (-4) to equal the low total of the day and Cameron Scitern had a 2-under round of 70. Both players are currently tied for third in the standings, just two shots out of the lead.
SIUE’s Grant Wynia followed his first round score of 75 with an even par 72 to sit in 20th place (147, +3).
After a rough round to open the Championship, UT Martin was 13 shots better in round two to move up to 10th place. In addition’s to Caballero’s effort, Tyler Shellnut improved his score from round one by three strokes as he carded a round of 70 (-2) on Friday; Shellnut is currently tied for 10th overall.
Kevin Flack led the Eastern Illinois attack for the second-straight day, equaling his round of 73 from the first round. He currently sits in 17th place.
This week GreyStone Golf Club is playing 6,858 yards and is a par 72.
From: OVC media relations
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