Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Despite improving its day one score by four strokes, the Gustavus men’s golf team found that the field also saw improvement across the leaderboard. The result – Gustavus is still in 11th place after the second day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Playing at the Las Colinas course on day two, Gustavus shot a 297 (+9), bringing its two-day total to 598 (+22).
Battling tough elements, Head Coach Scott Moe praised his squad’s fortitude down the stretch in day two. “We got off to a great start, then on about hole six, it started to rain pretty hard. We struggled a bit at that point, making a bunch of bogeys. At one time, we had climbed the leaderboard to as high as second, yet now found ourselves in a tie for 15th.”
The Gusties realized that by finishing inside the top-15 following day two, they would guarantee themselves an advance to play in the third round on Thursday. “Our boys played great down the stretch, making a bunch of birdies when it mattered,” commented Moe. “We figured out that we were 17-under par on holes 7-12 and eight-under par on the other 12 holes. I knew the guys did not want to have happen what happened last year, when we missed the cut by one. We are thrilled with making the cut, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Trevor Gervais (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn.) paced the Gusties on day two. Gervais shot a three-under par 69, which was tied for the second-lowest round of the day. He is currently in 24th with a two-day score of 148.
Alex Kolquist (Jr., Hermantown, Minn.) and Simon Erlandsson (So., Mjolby, Sweden) shot a 75 (+3) and 76 (+4), respectively, today. Kolquist is now in 69th at 153 while Erlandsson is in 24th alongside Gervais at 148.
Tyler McMorrow (So., St. Cloud, Minn.) and Andrew Oakes (So., Hermantown, Minn.) rounded out the squad with a pair of 77’s. McMorrow sits in 33rd (149), and Oakes is in 114th.
Oglethorpe is currently the leader after the second day with a team score of 577 (+1) after shooting a 292 (+4) today. Methodist sits in second place at a 591 (+15), while UT Tyler and Guilford are in a tie for third place at 595 (+19).
“We are only three shots out of third. It’s going to be a really fun day tomorrow, the guys are excited, and we feel great about getting back on the more difficult golf course,” concluded Moe.
The Gustavus men’s golf team will tee off at 7:50 a.m. tomorrow morning.