Golf in Third After Day Two at the A-10 Championship
Lowe tied for fifth at 3-under; Colonials fall back amid windy conditions
ORLANDO -- On day two at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, a much different golf course presented itself than the one which surrendered two 15-under par rounds just a day earlier.
After the course surrendered a 72.07 scoring average on Friday, it was a wildly different story on Saturday. Scores were down nearly three strokes, with the field’s 55 players averaging a 74.78 as no team turned in an under-par round a day after GW and Richmond shot 15-under.
The Colonials fell to third place with a round of 11-over 299 while the Spiders shot an even-par 288 to move into sole possession of first. VCU turned in a 2-over 290 and heads into Sunday three shots in front of GW.
“It was definitely a much more difficult course with the winds up 5-10 miles per hour from where they were yesterday,” said head coach Chuck Scheinost. “The last couple days they’ve been mowing the fairways down and not watering the greens, which has really hardened up the golf course.”
Sophomore Logan Lowe remains in contention after a 2-over par 74 which moved him to a tie for fifth at 3-under for the tournament, four shots back of leader Jamie Clare of VCU. Junior Vince Palazzolo is just one shot behind Lowe at 2-under par after shooting a 76 on Saturday.
GW played solid golf for much of the day, but a four-hole stretch on the back nine proved to be the difference in the round. As a team, the Colonials played holes 12-15 at 11-over par, while combining to play 1-11 and 16-18 at 3-over.
“The down wind shots were really hard to get any spin on them,” said Scheinost. “You had to really play to positions today and we did that for the most part. We played solid golf but had hiccups from holes 12-15 that really hurt us. Outside of that we played some really solid golf; I was really proud of the way the guys played in the conditions.”
Junior Jack Porcelli matched Lowe for the best round of the day by a Colonial with a 74. He accounted for one of just two eagles recorded by the field when he nailed a 60-foot putt on the par-5 second hole, and finished with some momentum by making birdie on 18. Palazzolo also had a birdie-birdie finish, while freshman Yoo Jin Kim birdied 16 and 17 and shot a 3-over 75. Redshirt junior Christian Cichan shot 76 and along with Porcelli, is tied for 19th at 1-over par.
“The winds are supposed to be up again tomorrow so we know what to expect,” said Lowe. “Everyone has struggles at some point in a tournament; ask any tour pro and they’re going to tell you they struggled at least one round. This was our round to not play our best but we’re still in the final group tomorrow.”
The Colonials will tee off with Richmond and VCU starting at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday.
“We started the week with a special round and hopefully we can end the week with a special round,” said Scheinost.
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