KSU golfers eighth at NCAA Div. II Nationals with one round to play

The Kennesaw State University Fighting Owls turned in their best performance of the week Thursday…

Georgia (May 23, 2002) — KSU golfers eighth at NCAA Div. II Nationals with one round to play



HOWEY−IN−THE−HILLS‚ Fla. − The Kennesaw State University Fighting Owls turned in their best performance of the week Thursday to maintain their position in the top half of the field heading into the final round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship.

After posting back−to−back 309s to open the tournament‚ the Owls shaved their team score to 299 on Thursday‚ the second−best round of the day. Their 917 total leaves them alone in eighth place‚ only 13 shots out of the lead.

"We've still got a chance at winning‚" said Jon Dunlap‚ the Owls' first−year head coach. "We started the day 17 back‚ and we're only 13 now. We've chipped away at the leaders‚ knocked four shots off their total. We're not as close as we'd like to be‚ that's for sure‚ but we're definitely within striking distance."

Bryan Hume‚ Thomas Baker and Andrew Allen set the pace for Kennesaw State‚ each carding a 3−over 74 on the par−71 layout at Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort. Luke Stephan was next with a 77‚ while John Tillery followed with a 78.

"Seventy−four is a good number out here‚ and a couple of those 74s could have been better‚" Dunlap said. "We need a couple of guys to shoot even par‚ if not under par‚ tomorrow to crack the top five and have a chance at winning."

Stephan‚ a junior from Chicago‚ is the Owls' individual leader at 15−over 228‚ leaving him in a five−way tie for 22nd overall. One stroke further back is Hume‚ who is tied for 27th along with five other golfers‚ among them Nick Cowper‚ a graduate of Harrison High School now playing for Armstrong Atlantic. Cowper posted a 72 on Thursday‚ an improvement of 11 strokes over the previous day.

Leading the race for the individual crown is Jason Vaughn of North Alabama‚ whose third−round 72 left him at 2−over 215 for the tournament.

In the team competition‚ North Alabama and CSU Stanislaus maintained their status as co−leaders‚ carding matching 303s to remain knotted at 52−over 904 through 54 holes. CSU Bakersfield is one stroke back in third place‚ while Rollins College is fourth‚ only two strokes out of the lead. USC Aiken and Florida Southern (tied at 909) round out the top five.

Only one other team‚ UC Davis at 912‚ boasts a better three−round total than KSU‚ which continues its pursuit of the leaders Friday afternoon. "It's going to be an interesting day tomorrow‚ for me and the players‚" Dunlap said.

"It's just going to be a dogfight."


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