KSU golfers tied for eighth after two rounds at NCAA Div. II Nationals

A morning tee time helped the Kennesaw State University Fighting Owls gain ground in the second…

Georgia (May 22, 2002) — KSU golfers tied for eighth after two rounds at NCAA Div. II Nationals



HOWEY−IN−THE−HILLS‚ Fla. − A morning tee time helped the Kennesaw State University Fighting Owls gain ground in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship‚ jumping from 10th to eighth by the time play was completed Wednesday afternoon.

The Owls carded their second consecutive 309 on the par−71 layout at Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort‚ making Kennesaw State one of only seven teams in the 18−team field to break 310 on a windy day in central Florida.

"It gradually got windier and windier as the day went on‚" said Jon Dunlap‚ the Owls' first−year head coach. "When we finished‚ it was blowing 20 mph with 30 mph gusts."

Those conditions wreaked havoc on the afternoon groups‚ helping the Owls stay within striking distance of the leaders despite their 50−over−par total.

"Our best golf‚ I think‚ is still to come‚" Dunlap said. "I don't see anything getting worse for us. I can see us moving up‚ that's for sure. We just need to take advantage of the opportunity that's been given us after the first two rounds."

The leaders heading into Round 3 are North Alabama and CSU−Stanislaus‚ both at 33−over 601. North Alabama posted a 303 in Round 2‚ one stroke better than the 304 carded by CSU−Stanislaus.

Florida Southern is third at 36−over 604 thanks to a second−round 298−the low score of the day−while CSU Bakersfield (605) and USC Aiken (607) round out the top five following rounds of 310 and 311‚ respectively.

The Owls are currently locked in a three−way tie for eighth with West Florida and Ferris State‚ all at 618.

Individually‚ junior Luke Stephan carded a 74 for KSU‚ leaving the Owls' team captain tied for 21st at 9−over 151.

"That's what you ask for is for your veterans to step up this time of year‚ and he's consistently done that the last two or three tournaments‚" Dunlap said.

Freshman Bryan Hume also contributed‚ opening with an eagle en route to a 4−over 75 that left him at 155 with 36 holes to play. Sophomore John Tillery‚ the Owls' first−round leader‚ slipped from 73 to 80 on Wednesday‚ giving him a two−round total of 153. Senior Thomas Baker carded his second consecutive 80 and finds himself at 160 for the tournament‚ while freshman Andrew Allen added an 83 for KSU and stands at 162.

"We have to do it tomorrow‚" Dunlap said. "We need to get at least within 10 shots of the lead to really have a chance at this thing.

"If you get within 10 on the last day‚" he added‚ "anything can happen."


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu