ORLANDO, Fla. — Richmond moved into sole possession of first place in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Golf Championship Saturday following round two. The Spiders have an eight-stroke lead at 15-under, with a two-day total of 561 (273-288).
Defending champion VCU surged on Saturday, moving into second at seven under, carding a 569 (279-290). George Washington, which entered the day tied for first, finished round two in third with a four-under 572 (273-299). Dayton held onto fourth place at three under with a 573 (283-290). La Salle, the only team to improve its score from day one to day two, jumped five spots on the leaderboard and are now in fifth place with a 579 (291-288).
The Spiders have finished second in each of the last three years, and are looking to hold off the rival Rams, which won the last three A-10 Golf Championships. Sunday's third and final round will tee off at 7:30 am off both No. 1 and No. 10 tees with an NCAA Regional bid on the line for the winner.
VCU's Jamie Clare took over first place at seven under with a two-day total of 137 (67-70). Day one co-leader Zack Justice of Richmond moved into a tie for second place with a 138 (66-72), equaling Davidson's Jack Lang, who jumped into second after finishing 14th in round one. Like Justice, Lang is at six under, carding a 138 (66-72). Richmond's Matthew Lowe shot a four-under 140 (70-70) to place four after the 36 holes.
Four other players rounded out the top five with a three-under 141: Nick Gruber of La Salle (71-70), Richmond's Keegan Hoff (68-73), Phillip Johnson of Dayton (70-71) and George Washington's Logan Lowe (67-74).
Blustery conditions Saturday limited the eagles to just two, GW's Jack Porcelli on No. 2 and Rhode Island's Billy Walthouse on 17. No player has more than one eagle through the two rounds. La Salle's Nick Gruber leads the field with 12 birdies, followed by Logan Lowe with 11.