WILSON, N.C. – The No. 21-ranked men’s golf team concluded round two action with a two-over 286. Overall, SLU sits sixth with a six-over 574 (288-286—574), just two shots back of Lander University who is in the coveted fifth spot. JP Albuquerque (71-67—138) continued his outstanding regional play, catapulting over eight competitors to claim a share of third place at the par-71, 6,839-yard Wilson Country Club.
Sunshine State Conference foes Lynn (289-275—564) and Barry (283-281—564) have a stake over first place, with the Fighting Knights improving 14 strokes from yesterday first round to nearly gain the outright lead. The SSC continues to dominate the leaderboard, as five of the top-six school’s hail from the conference. Currently SLU is just 10-strokes off the lead pace. Individually, Bobby Bode from NSU and Daniel Claytor from Barton College share the lead, as each have fired five-under 137’s.
As for the Green & Gold, the squad got off to a fantastic beginning, registering a five-under heading into the back nine. However, the back nine was a bit unkind to SLU as they combined to shoot six-over.
Individually however, Albuquerque (71-67—168) was a machine on the putting green for Saint Leo, as he concluded his portion of the day with a four-under 67. At one point, the senior was in sole possession of first place and also spent time in the second spot. He registered four birdies and currently ranks in the top groups of par-three, four, and five scoring and stands tied for third place going into the final day.
Rebounding from a tough opening round, Cole Cisbani reentered the picture as one of the Lions’ top competitors. After going even through the first nine holes, the senior assisted on his team’s total score, birding 14 and 15 to close the day one-under 70.
Tom Lynn (74-74—178) also played outstanding golf, connecting on a pair of birdies on the front nine. The junior also registered 13 pars, before ending his day with a three-over 74.
Mark McGurie (69-75—144) turned in a solid second round, carding a four-over 75. The senior birdied one hole and pared 12 others en route to the team’s sixth place showing. He currently sits in a tie for 35th.
The Lions will make one final push for a shot at reaching the NCAA Tournament Finals tomorrow afternoon. Cole Cisbani will tee-off first for Lions as they begin third and final round action at noon EST.
The top-five seeds from each region will be invited to play in the tournament final next week.
To follow the Lions on their march to the finals click on the live scoring link below. Also, see when each individual will be taking to the course under the ‘tee-times’ link.