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Wilmington Golf Sits in Ninth After Two Rounds at Jim Bishop Toyota Classic; Sam Clark in Eighth Overall

Golf: 9th of 14 after Two Rounds

Monday, March 24, 2014 - Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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Freshman Sam Clark sits in 8th overall after posting a 76-73 for a 149 (+5) in the first two rounds at the Jim Bishop Toyota Classic hosted by North Alabama on Monday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Paul Patton.

The Wilmington University golf team sits in ninth place after two rounds at the Jim Bishop Toyota Classic, led by freshman Sam Clark who sits in a tie for eighth overall at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals, hosted by North Alabama.

As a team, the Wildcats posted a 620 score on Monday, shooting a 319 in the first round before coming back with the third lowest team score of round number two with a 301. The Wildcats are off the pace by 17 strokes, as Missouri-St. Louis leads the pack with a 603 team score.

Clark led the Wildcats after finishing one-under par on the par-5 holes, averaging 4.88 strokes on the four par-5 holes. He also tallied 25 pars on the afternoon, tied for fourth in the tournament. Clark shot an opening round 76 before going even lower with a 73 second-round score.

Matt DiEleuterio had the greatest improvement from round to round, as he improved his score by 11-strokes, shooting a 76 in round two to be a part of the team scoring on the second 18. Seniors Jerry Temple and Tomasz Pulsakowski also factored in the team scoring in the second round, also tallying 76’s late in the afternoon. Senior Andrew Baldo rounded out the Wildcats, shooting a 79 in the first round before scoring a 78 in the second round.

Baldo and Pulsakowski sit in a tie for 37th overall, finishing with a 157 after two rounds. Temple will start Tuesday’s final round in a tie for 45th overall, shooting a 159 after 36 holes. DiEleuterio is in a tie for 63rd overall with a score of 163.

Playing as individuals, sophomore Andreas Lunding improved his second round score by 10 strokes, finishing with a 74 in the afternoon and currently sits in a tie for 40th overall with a 158 two-round score. Junior Alexander Lautenschlaeger finished the day in a tie for 72nd overall with a two round score of 166.

Clark is 10 strokes off the medalist pace, as North Alabama’s Trent Alexander is the only student-athlete under par after two rounds of play. Alexander leads the field by six strokes after a 69-70 for a 139.

Wilmington is first out of the gates on Tuesday, as the Wildcats will begin teeing off at 7:30 a.m. on the par-5 first hole. Clark will finish off the Wildcats’ starts with an 8:06 tee time. The Wildcats are paired with Central Alabama and Wallace State for the final round.