VCU Surges Into the Lead on Golf Championship; Lang Continues to Lead Field
ORLANDO, Fla. — VCU carded an even par 288 on Saturday to slip into the lead after the second round of the A-10 Men’s Golf Championship Saturday at Grand Cypress. The Rams edged past day-one leader Davidson and hold a one stroke lead entering Sunday’s final round.
Davidson’s Jack Lang, who led the field after the first day, maintained his advantage after Saturday, recording a 71 in round two for a two-day total of 139. He leads by three strokes over a three-way tie for second between George Mason’s Connor Messick, George Washington’s Logan Lowe and VCU Ian Peng who all have a 142.
Calmer conditions on Saturday allowed most teams to improve on their round one scores, where rain, followed by blustery conditions resulted in higher teams scores. Richmond made the biggest improvement, tallying a 285 Saturday, 32 strokes better than Friday. The Spiders jumped from 10th place to eighth.
Peng shot a round-low 68 to improve six strokes over Friday, while his teammate Adrian Vagberg fired a 70 in round two, an improvement of four strokes. Their combined 10 stroke improvement helped VCU move into first with a two-day total of 586 (298-288).
Davidson is just one stroke back, thanks in part to Hoke Carlton, who matched Peng with a 68 to improve eight shots over his Friday score. The defending champion Wildcats finished Saturday with a 587 (297-290). George Washington’s Lowe also carded a 68, a six-stroke improvement to move the Colonials into third place with a 590 (301-289).
Saint Joseph’s Michael O’Brien rounded out the top five individuals with a two-day total of 143. The hawks are in fourth place with a 592 (298-294).
Richmond’s Andrew Sciarretta and St Bonaventure’s Danny Gianniny also scored 68s to equal the low round mark. Sciarretta’s score was an 11-stokre improvement over Friday and helped Richmond move up, while Gianniny propelled the Bonnies into fifth place with a 593 (302-291).
Mason is in Sixth with a 596, and Dayton is one back from the Patriots with a 597. Rhode island is in ninth, followed by La Salle and Fordham.
There were seven eagles scored Saturday by seven different golfers. Dayton’s Domenic Maricocchi leads the two-day championship with nine birdies, and VCU’s Kristian Tannum Donaldson has a tournament-high 29 pars.
Round three will begin at 7:30 am Saturday, with tee times off of both No. 1 and No. 10 tees. The 54-hole championship will conclude Sunday with the winner receiving an automatic bid to NCAA Regionals.