ORLANDO, Fla.— A competitive second-round Saturday set the stage for a Sunday battle at the 2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Championship at Grand Cypress Resort. Dayton, which was the co-leader after day one, maintained its hold on first place, edging both VCU and Richmond, which are in second and third place respectively.
The conclusion of the 54-hole tournament will be thrilling, with three teams and 10 individuals within five strokes of first place. The teams will tee off at 7:30 am off both No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Admission to the A-10 Golf Championship is free.
The Flyers lead VCU, which surged into second on Saturday, by just one stroke. Richmond, which shared the round-one lead with the Flyers, is just three strokes off the lead. Sunday’s final round will determine the A-10 champion and recipient of the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
The battle for medalist honors will also be fierce on Sunday. Defending champion Adam Ball of VCU finished two-under on Saturday to jump into first place with a 143 (73-70). But just on his heels if George Mason’s Eric Edwards with a 144 (72-72). Logan Lowe of George Washington and Matthew Lowe of Richmond (no relation) are tied at third. Logan Lowe shot a 145 (73-72) while Matthew Lowe, who led the field after day one, also closed Saturday with a 145 (71-74). There are three players tied for fifth at 146, two more tied for eighth at 147 and two tied for 10th at 148 for a total of 10 players within five strokes of the lead.
George Washington is in fourth place with a 601 and Fordham is fifth at 603. George Mason, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s sit sixth through eighth with a 604, 607 and 613 respectively. Rhode Island, Davidson and St. Bonaventure rounded out the field in order.
Dayton’s Thomas Goss, who surged 24 spots by improving his score by nine strokes, had the largest jump in position over day one. Saint Joseph’s Ross Pilliod jumped 22 spots, improving by 11 strokes over day one, the largest improvement in stokes in the field. Goss currently is tied for 12th with a 149 (79-70) and Pilliod has a 153 (82-71) and sits tied for 24th.
Andrew Reynolds and Joseph Leavitt each had an eagle on Saturday, bringing the total number of eagles to five for the two days.