Eagles tied for third after first two rounds at 2012 SAC Championships
CONOVER, N.C. – Carson-Newman's Gavin Hay is tied for ninth and the Eagles are tied for third with Lincoln Memorial and Anderson (S.C.) at 615 through 36 holes at the 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championships played Monday at Rock Barn Golf Club.
The Eagles are 12 strokes behind second place Newberry with 18 holes left to play. The Wolves shot a team 603 on Monday. Wingate is in control, finishing the two rounds with a team score of even-par 576 – 27 strokes better than second-place Newberry.
Hay and the Eagles struggled to find a rhythm in blustery conditions on Monday. Hay is ninth after an opening-round 73 and a 79 for his two rounds. He is 12 strokes off the pace.
Sophomore Jonathan Kim-Moss is tied for 16th after a 74 and a 79 for his two rounds, three strokes back of Hay and out of the Top 10.
SAC Player of the Year Liam Ashby and fellow-senior Alex Coughlin are tied for 22nd at 156 (+12) through 36 holes. Ashby opened with a 76 (+4), but slipped to 80 (+8) to close the day. Coughlin followed a 77 with a 79 for his two rounds.
Sophomore Michael Horenkamp fired a pair of 81s and is tied for 38th.
Wingate was led by Clifford Blanquicet's first-round score of two-under 70, while teammates David Crawford and Braden Jackson each shot two-under in round No. 2 as well.
Newberry, meanwhile, was paced by a standout opening day from Matthew Campbell, who shot rounds of 69 and 71 to finish Monday at a Championship-best four under.
Campbell was the only player in the field to finish the day under par.
Carson-Newman, Lincoln Memorial and Anderson are each tied for third after finishing with team scores of 615.
Lenoir-Rhyne is sixth at 617, followed by Tusculum, Brevard, Catawba and Mars Hill.
In the race for the SAC Championship's individual medal, Crawford and Antoine LeSaux trail Campbell by four strokes and enter Tuesday's round at even par, Jackson is six back at two over, and Denton and L-R's David Glenister are eight shots back at four over par.
Tuesday's final round has been moved to up an 8:50 a.m. start to avoid late-afternoon weather.