Diplomats Stay in 15th Place
May 16, 2007
FISHERS, Ind. - St. John's University (MN) shot a team total of 300 for the second consecutive day to take an 11-shot lead after two days at the 2007 NCAA Div. III Men's Golf Championships. First-round leader Rhodes College followed its 299 at the Hawthorns Golf and Country Club on Tuesday with a 316 on Wednesday and is in third place with a two-day total of 615. Sandwiched between the pair is Ohio Wesleyan, which had rounds of 302-309 611. Franklin & Marshall remained in a tie for 15th place, having shot a 319 at Prairie View Country Club Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats share the spot with Texas Lutheran.
After matching four birdies with an equal number of double bogey's or worse on Tuesday, Chuck Anttonen (Rumson, NJ / Rumson Fair-Haven) returned to form on Wednesday to pace the Diplomats coming in five strokes over the par 72. He is in 116th place in the field of 180. Dennis Gunderson (Duxbury, MA / Duxbury) stayed put on the leaderboard. Through 36 holes, he is tied for 31st place, 11 over par with a two-round total of 155. He shares his place with seven golfers. Andrew Woods (Simsbury, CT / Simsbury) is tied for 49th place.
The field was cut to 23 teams after Wednesday's round with nine-time champion Methodist being eliminated by Salem State in a playoff 18-19 for the final spot. The four-day tournament will continue with Round 3 on Thursday at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club, the site of Tuesday's First Round action.
Individually, Clinton Dammann of St. John's is the leader with a two-day total of 72-71 143. Teammate Andrew Longbella is right behind Dammann with a two-day total of 74-73 147. Jacob Collinsworth of Huntingdon and first-round leader Rode McElreath of McMurry are also tied for second at four strokes off the pace also with a total of 74-73 147.
Other top 10 individuals are Andy Miller of Otterbein (74-74 148), Bradley Sutherland of Transylvania (74-74 148), Joel Winters of Central (74-74 148), Chris Davis of LaVerne (75-74 149), Nathaniel James of Washington and Lee (75-75 150) and Joseph Poplin of Guilford (77-73 150). Five other players are one stroke out of the top 10.
Third round action resumes tomorrow morning back at Hawthorns.