Patrick Martin of Vanderbilt (L) and Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb (R)
(Vanderbilt and Lipscomb photos)
COLLEGE GROVE, TN (May 16, 2017)--Patrick Martin followed up his first-round 66 with a 69 to get to nine under, and Vanderbilt University shot a nine-under 279 to extend its lead to eight shots going into the final round of the NCAA East Regional
Martin, a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama had four birdies against a single bogey in carding his second straight sub-70 round. The other contributors for the Commodores were Will Gordon (71), Theo Humphrey (72), Mattias Schwab (73), and John Augenstein (74).
Vanderbilt's performance continues a streak of good golf, following up on the recent win in the SEC Championship, a first for the program.
The biggest move of the day was made by Lipscomb University, who had four under-par scores including a collegiate course record setting 65 by junior Dawson Armstrong of Brentwood, TN. Armstrong had nine birdies to lead the Bisons, who also had under-par rounds turned in by Hunter Howell (70), Stoney Crouch (71), and Mikey Feher (71). Lipscomb's round of 11-under 277 was the low round of the tournament and put them in a tie for second with Clemson and Central Florida.
Armstrong is at 69-65--134, ten under par, just one ahead of Martin.
Clemson used four par-or-better rounds to climb into the second place tie at 288-284--572. Bryson Nimmer, the co-leader with Martin after round one, shot a 71 and will enter the final round three shots back of Armstrong.
Central Florida posted its second straight under par round, going 285-287. The two leading players for the Knights were Manuel Elvira and Kyler Tate who currently sit tied fourth individually at 139.
The low five teams and the low individual not on a qualifying team will qualify for the NCAA Championship, to be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Elk Grove, IL, May 26-31.
Going into the final round, Kennesaw State will take a three shot lead over Troy for the fifth and final spot into the championship, with Georgia and Middle Tennessee State another eight shots back. Cam Norman of Troy has a one shot lead over Greyson Sigg of Georgia and Hannes Ronneblad of Texas Tech in the race to be the lone individual to qualify.
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