Wilmington Golf Remains in 15th Overall After Two Rounds at NCAA Division II National Championship
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Hershey, Pa.
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Junior Andrew Baldo sinks a birdie put on 18 to finish his first nine holes on Tuesday, shooting a five over 76 in the second round at the National Championship. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Senior Nick Mafale eagled hole one to start his back nine, finishing with a six over 77, sitting in a tie for 22nd overall after two rounds at the NCAA National Championship. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Starting on the back nine on Tuesday, it was the front nine holes that helped the Wilmington University golf team on the second day of the NCAA Division II National Championship, as junior Andrew Baldo led the team to keep its 15th place status at the Hershey Country Club.
The Wildcats shot a 310 on Tuesday, adding to a 614 two day total to remain in a tie for 15th overall with Southwestern Oklahoma State after two rounds. Wilmington is 17 strokes out of the coveted eighth position in the tournament, with the top eight teams advancing to match play on Thursday with the chance to win the National Championship.
Baldo shot eight strokes better than his first round score on Tuesday, hitting birdies on the 10th, 18th, and ninth holes to finish with a five over par 76. After starting on the back nine on Tuesday, the junior had his score as low as two over par after birdieing 18, but didn’t hit another subpar hole until his final hole of the afternoon, and in a tie for 93rd overall after two rounds.
Senior Nick Mafale eagled the first hole, getting his score down to four over par before following with a birdie on two to get as low as three over par on Tuesday. But he finished the final seven holes of the day three over par, including a birdie on the seventh hole, to round out his afternoon with a 77, six over par, and in a tie for 22nd after two rounds.
Junior Tomasz Pulsakowski hit birdies on holes numbered two and six on his back nine on Tuesday to get his score as low at four over par, but then bogeyed the final three holes of the afternoon. He finished Tuesday’s front nine at two over par, finishing the afternoon with a 78, seven over par, and in a tie for 97th.
Rounding out the Wildcat’s scoring on Tuesday, senior PJ Tighe started slow on the back nine, scoring three double bogeys to make the turn with a six over 41, but battled nicely on the front nine holes, only committing two bogeys to finish his day with a 79, eight over par. He is in a tie for 47th overall after two rounds.
Junior Jerry Temple committed 12 bogeys on the afternoon on Tuesday, finishing his second round with an 83, 12 over par to round out the five golfers for Wilmington. After two rounds of play, Temple is in a tie for 97th overall.
Barry University shot a second round best 288 as a team, totaling a 572, four over par two day score to sit atop the leaderboard. Nova Southeastern trails Barry by 10 strokes after a 290 second round score. Florida Southern rounds out the top three 19 strokes back, finishing day two with a 293.
CSU-Stanislaus’ Rob Damschen leads the pack in the individual field, shooting a tournament low 68 on Tuesday, coming in with a two day score of 138, four under par. USC-Aiken’s Matt Atkins shot a second round 69 to sit a stroke behind Damschen in second play at three under par.
Entering the final day of stroke play competition, the Wildcats will be teamed up with a set of individuals players and Bellarmine, with the first tee off time set for 8:20 a.m. The Wildcats will begin on the back nine of Wednesday of Hershey Country Club’s East Course.
Continue to follow the Wildcats LIVE during their run to a National Championship at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=3668.