HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Host institution Oglethorpe expanded their lead to 14 strokes on day two of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships being held at the Mission Inn Resorts.
The Stormy Petrels posted the third-best team score of the day (292, +4) and the best number among the squads competing on the demanding par-72 El Campeon Course. Methodist sits alone in second place with a tournament total of +15 while the University of Texas at Tyler and Guilford College share third place at 19-over par for the Championship. A group of five teams lurk together just one shot back at 20-over to set up what should be a frenetic final two days on the leader board.
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The round of the day belonged to Transylvania University, who bounced back from 308 on El Campeon yesterday to score an even par round of 288 on the Las Colinas Course. Huntingdon College was just one stroke off the pace set by the Pioneers on Colinas with a team-total of 289 that was spearheaded by the Hawks’ Thomas Mitchell posting the low round of the tournament with a 67. Aside from Oglethorpe’s 292, St. John Fisher College (294, +6) and Illinois Wesleyan University (297, +9) enjoyed the only sub-300 rounds on the El Campeon Course to position themselves nicely for the final two rounds.
Along with Micthell’s 67, there were two other individual scores in the 60′s on Wednesday turned in by Wittenburg University’s David Wetterich (69, -3) and the University of La Verne’s Derek Zachman (69, -3), and both came from the Los Colinas Course. Oglethorpe’s freshman Anthony Maccaglia still resides atop the individual leader board after carding a 71 today on El Campeon. At 5-under for the Championship, Maccaglia is three strokes clear of three players in a tie for second place: Oglethorpe’s Hayden Jones, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Brad Shigezawa and Nebraska Wesleyan’s Drew Taylor.