Wilmington Golfers Continue to Hold NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional Lead After Day Two
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - Wheeling, W.Va.
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Junior Jerry Temple is tied for 11th overall, sinking the third most birdies after two rounds at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional. Photo credit: Hillary Southworth, West Liberty Sports InformationSenior PJ Tighe is tied for 21st overall at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional after hitting two birdies on Tuesday. Photo credit: Hillary Southworth, West Liberty Sports Information
Senior Nick Mafale helped keep the Wilmington University golf team atop the leaderboard after the second round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional, shooting a team low 72 to lead the Wildcats 301 on day two, in front by four strokes at Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Resort on Tuesday.
The field closed in on the Wildcats in the second round, but the Wildcats held onto the lead after two rounds at the Super Regionals, carrying a 599, 31 over par after two rounds. They lead Indiana (Pa.) by four strokes after the Hawks shot a low round score of 295 on Tuesday to pull within four. Millersville also went low on Tuesday, finishing with a 296 to total a 605 two-round sore, six off the mark of the Wildcats. The top three teams advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, with one round to play.
Mafale shot the third lowest score of the afternoon and jumped up the leaderboard to sit in third after posting a 72, one-over par on Tuesday for a 147, five-over par two round score. He trails only Millersville’s Robert Coyne who shot a second round one-under 70 and sits at 143, one-over for the tournament, and IUP’s Zack Kempa who also shot a 70 on Tuesday to finish with a 145, three-over par after two rounds.
Right behind Mafale sits Andrew Baldo in a tie for fourth after shooting a 76 on Tuesday, tallying a 146, six-over par two round score. After a fast start that produced four birdies and a three-under score through the first six holes, Jerry Temple settled for a 76, five-over round to come to a 151, nine-over score and a tie for 11th overall. Rounding out the Wildcat scoring on Tuesday was a 77, six-over par score from senior PJ Tighe, putting him at 153 strokes for the tournament and in a tie for 21st overall.
Mafale produced a late run on Tuesday to shoot him up the leaderboard, as he finished with two birdies in the final four holes to finish the front nine with a 35, one-under par. Starting on the back nine, Mafale birdied 17 before bogeying 18, making the turn with a 37, two-over back nine. He then birdied six and nine to lower his score again. Mafale leads the tournament on par four holes, scoring at even par on the 11 holes.
California (Pa.) sits in fourth place after the first two rounds, shooting an even 300 on Tuesday to total a 610, 42-over par for the tournament. They are five strokes behind Millersville for the third and final spot for the National Tournament. Wilmington is 11 strokes ahead of California (Pa.) to stay in the top three.
The third and final round of the Atlantic/East Super Regional will begin on Wednesday with the top three squads teeing off last. Wilmington will pair with IUP and Millersville and start teeing off from the first hole at 12:50 p.m.
Follow the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional LIVE at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4380.