May 14, 2009

Middlebury Finishes 29th at NCAA Golf Championship

Courtesy Methodist/Middlebury Athletic Communications

Championship Website

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Middlebury shaved 27 strokes of its score on day two of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Panthers shot a 302 on their final day at the event, finishing in 29th place as the top teams advance to the final rounds on Friday and Saturday.

Jimmy Levins led the team on day two, shooting just one over par with four birdies for a 73 on the day (153 overall). Michael McCormick was just two over par with three birdies for a 74 (155 overall). Ben Kunofsky birdied three holes on the back nine, shooting a 77 for a two-day total of 161. Brian Cady came in with a 78 (162 total) with a pair of birdies, while Ashley Miller shot an 86 (176 total).

Levins led the team on the first day of competition, shooting an eight-over-par 80 with a pair of birdies. McCormick was next with an 81, followed by Cady and Kunofsky, who each shot an 84. Cady had a pair of birdies on the day, while Kunofsky eagled the par 5 seventh hole. Miller rounded out the team with a 90.

After the second round of competition, the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championship has been narrowed to 23 teams and five individuals.

La Verne leads the field after a second round score of 283 for a total of 575. Methodist moves to second at 582 (279-303) and Oglethorpe is in third at 585 (301-284).

Mitchell Fedorka leads the individuals at three under 138 (67-71) while his teammate Rizal Amin is in second at -3 (72-69) for a 141.

The top 23 teams continue for rounds three and four while the top five individuals not a part of those teams also advance. Tain Lee (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), Lucas Murray (Mount Union), Tyler Nelson (Linfield), Masa Maruyama (Farmingdale State) and Chris Morris (Centre) all advance.

The third round begins Friday with groups beginning at 7:30 am on the first and tenth tee of the Dye Course.

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