Braselton, Ga. - The Stetson men's golf team improved upon its Round 1 score by 16 strokes, tying with Belmont for the largest improvement on Tuesday, and moved up the standings into a tie for eighth place with Kennesaw State after the second round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships at Chateau Elan Resort's Legends Course. Junior Gabe Costa (Tequesta, Fla.) shot one under par 71 and moved into a tie for 14th.
Besides Costa's strong under-par effort, other counting scores for the Hatters came from sophomore Sam Ryder (Longwood, Fla.), senior Dave McAndrew (Barrington, R.I.) and redshirt freshman Micah Jacobsen (Fernandina Beach, Fla.). Ryder and McAndrew each shot 74 while Jacobsen carded a 75. Sophomore Andrew Schiano (Orlando, Fla.) also displayed marked improvement from yesterday with a 77. Costa, who is three over par after 36 holes, is only six strokes off the lead heading into the final round.
31st-ranked ETSU saw its 10-stroke lead after the first round shaved down to just three strokes at close of business Tuesday; the Bucs stand at five under par overall with 20th-ranked North Florida close behind at -2. FGCU (+5) is in third with defending champion Campbell (+13), Mercer (+13), Jacksonville (+15) and USC Upstate (+23) also ahead of the Hatters. Stetson and Kennesaw State are tied for eighth place at 28 over par with Belmont (+30) and Lipscomb (+69) bringing up the rear.
ETSU's Rhys Enoch and UNF's Kevin Phelan are tied for the individual lead at three under par, one stroke ahead of Enoch's teammate Paul O'Kane. Another ETSU Buc, Seamus Power, is tied for fourth at -2 with Bobby Fredeking (Jacksonville). The individual medalist in the A-Sun Championships will receive an automatic bid to NCAA regionals if his team does not also qualify.
As they did today, the Hatters will go off the 10th tee in groups with players from Kennesaw State and USC Upstate starting at 8 a.m. Live scoring updates are available here: http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/team/static/team_players_1929.html