Wofford's Andrew Novak jumps 33 spots into tie for 12th
COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. – Andrew Novak jumped up the leaderboard in the NCAA College Grove regional, thanks to a bogey-free round of 67 in Tuesday's second round. Novak's 67 was the second-best round of the day behind a 7-under round of 65 from Lipscomb's Dawson Armstrong. Tuesday's round was also an NCAA best for Novak, who shot 73, 72 and 72 in his three regional rounds last year.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament, being played at The Grove, a par-72 course playing 7,383 yards, concludes Wednesday. The top five schools at each of the six regional sites and the top golfer at each site that is not one on of those five teams advance on to the national championship held May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
The senior, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seeded individual, sits in a tie for 12th through two rounds and has the lowest score among the individuals in the field.
He started Tuesday's round on the back nine. After bogeying holes 11-14 in Monday's round, Novak made par on the first seven holes to stay even, but then birdied No. 17, No. 18 and No. 1 to quickly go 3-under. He made par on holes two and three before picking up another birdie on the par-4 No. 4. He made par on No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 to stay -4 but found another birdie on No. 8, his next-to-last hole of the day. Novak turned in an impressive 67 after Monday's opening round of 76.
For the tournament, the native of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is playing the par 4s 2-under, tied for fifth-best, and is tied for fourth with 25 pars in the two rounds.
Novak's final round begins at 11:04 a.m. ET. He will again go off No. 10 and play with Kendrick Vinar of Harvard and fellow individual Timothy Conover from ECU.
ETSU 12th at NCAA College Grove Regional
COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. – The ETSU men's golf team wrapped up second-round play at the NCAA College Grove Regional on Tuesday. The Buccaneers now sit in 12th place at The Grove Club.
ETSU carded a 15-over 303 on day two and dipped four spots down the leaderboard, as the Bucs are 22-over-par 598 following the first two rounds of the regional.
Trevor Hulbert led the Blue and Gold on Tuesday, as the Buccaneer freshman registered a 2-over 74 and is tied for 44th at 6-over-par 150 for the tournament. Hulbert birdied the first two holes of his round and was 1-under with five holes left on the day; however, the Orlando, Florida, native posted a double-bogey, two bogeys, a birdie and a par to finish with the 74.
Despite posting a 6-over 78 in round two, senior Mateusz Gradecki still leads the Bucs, as he's tied for 27th at 3-over-par 147.
Vanderbilt still holds the team lead after 36 holes as the top-ranked Commodores shot a 3-under 285 on Tuesday en route to posting a 12-under-par 564 through the first two rounds. Lipscomb went low on day two and jumped six spots up the board as the 35th-ranked Bisons are in a three-way tie for second at 4-under-par 572. No. 12 Clemson and No. 47 UCF are also tied for second, while 34th-ranked Kennesaw State is in fifth at 1-under-par 575.
A day after Vanderbilt's Patrick Martin (No. 9 via Golfstat) and Clemson's Bryson Nimmer (No. 46 via Golfstat) matched the lowest collegiate round in the history of The Grove, Lipscomb's Dawson Armstrong (No. 57 via Golfstat) set a new record less than 24 hours later. Armstrong fired a 7-under 65 on Tuesday to take the individual lead at 10-under-par 134. Armstrong holds a one-shot lead over Martin and a three-stroke advantage over Nimmer.
Kevin Burns totaled a 3-over 75 in round two and is tied for 49th at 7-over-par 151, while reigning SoCon medalist Geuntae Kim added a 4-over 76 and sits 10-over-154 for the tournament.
The regional will wrap up on Wednesday as the first groups tee off at 8:50 a.m. ETSU will be paired with TCU and Texas Tech as the teams go out from No. 10 at 9:25 a.m.