Persons in Contention for A-10 Golf Title With Saturday 69
Junior Records Field's Best Round on Day 2; Colonials Now Tied for Third
April 26, 2014
LUTZ, Fla. - GW golf junior Jack Persons carded a 2-under-par 69, the best round in the 50-player field on Saturday, to climb into a tie for third place after Day 2 of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at TPC Tampa Bay.
Persons converted five birdies during Saturday's second round, including a 60-foot putt on the par-4 10th to ignite a stretch of three straight birdies to open the back nine, en route to a season-low tying 2-under 69.
He climbed eight positions on the leaderboard with the event's lone round in the 60s on Saturday and is now in a two-way tie for third with VCU's Rocky Khara at 2-over 144 (75-69) through 36 holes. Persons trails individual leader Josh Stauffer of St. Bonaventure (2-under 140) by four shots and Richmond's Danny Pizetoski (1-under 141) by three entering Sunday's final round.
"I had a really good putting day, made a lot of birdies, so I was very happy about that," said Persons. "I just wanted to make sure I gave myself a chance to win tomorrow, and I think I've done just that."
GW posted a team total of 19-over 303 to climb into a tie for third with Dayton at 39-over 607 (304-303) through two rounds. VCU continues to lead the event at 19-over 587, while Richmond is in second just three shots back at 22-over 590.
The Colonials are four shots clear of George Mason's 43-over 611 (307-304) and they'll look to hold off the Patriots on Sunday to secure the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy in the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry series between GW and Mason Athletics.
GW persevered after a difficult front nine in which it made the turn at 12-over as a team. Aided by Persons' birdie barrage, the Colonials closed at 7-over, the best back-nine score in the 10-team field despite increasing winds and faster greens in the afternoon.
"I'm very proud with how our guys responded and held things together after a challenging start," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "We'll be in great position as a team with a consistent 18 holes tomorrow, and Jack will be in the hunt for all-conference and medalist honors if he continues to play to his strengths and potential."
With the par-71, 6,898-yard TPC Tampa Bay playing to an average of 79.1 on Saturday, freshman Michael Heda carded a 5-over 76 to climb six spots into a tie for 15th at 11-over 153 (77-76). Classmate Lucas Farmer is one shot back and tied for 19th at 12-over 154 (76-78) following a 7-over 78.
GW will once again be in the second-to-last grouping with Mason and Saint Joseph's for Sunday's final 18 holes beginning at 9 a.m. Fans can follow live scoring via the Atlantic 10 and GolfStat, as well as action and updates via @GW_Golf on Twitter and gw_golf on Instagram.
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