NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- Nationally-ranked No. 14 Hampden-Sydney College posted a second-round team score of 315 on Wednesday for a 36-hole score of 612 (297-315) to stand 13th among 42 teams at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships being played at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The Tigers made the tournament's two-round cut, advancing among the Top 18 teams and six individual qualifiers that will continue playing for the national championship on Thursday and Friday.
H-SC competed during day two in honor of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant David H. Stewart, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan in 2014. Each participating team played for a fallen veteran for the Folds of Honor. Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth a singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service-members. Their motto says it best. Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.
Playing the more difficult Keene Trace GC, Champion Trace course, a par 72, 7,190-yard layout, the Tigers are being led by junior Bruce Shober/Appomattox with his two-day score of 71-80--151, tied for 39th among the 216 golfers who completed 36 holes. He is being followed by sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. (73-80--153, T-54), junior Adam Hade/Richmond (77-78--155, T-78), along with freshmen John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount (79-77--156, T-89) and Hunter Martin/Gloucester (76-85--161, T-137). Shober had one birdie and nine pars during his second round. Smith had three birdies on the front nine, going out in 35, with seven pars. Hade had two birdies and nine pars for the second consecutive day. Ferguson had two birdies and 10 pars. Martin had eight pars.
Nationally-ranked No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan is leading the event with its 578, followed by fellow Old Dominion Athletic Conference member and No. 6 Guilford at 582. Rounding out the Top Five are No. 4 Wittenberg (587), No. 2 Huntingdon (590) along with a three-way tie for fifth among No. 5 Methodist (598), No. 17 Oglethorpe (598) and No. 25 Trinity (598). Cameron Willis of Wittenberg and Zane Brownrigg of Methodist are tied for first individually at two-under par 142.
H-SC is tied for eighth in par 3 scoring (3.30, +12), tied for 14th in par 4 scoring (4.36, +36) and is 18th in par 5 scoring (5.20, +8). The Tigers are tied for 15th in pars (99) and tied for 21st in birdies (18). Hade is tied for seventh in par 3 scoring (3.00, E), while Shober is tied for 16th in par 3 scoring (3.13, +1). Smith is tied for 22nd in birdies (26).
The Tigers will continue their competition in the national tournament on Thursday and Friday at the Keene Trace GC, Champion Trace course. Keene Trace is located in the Kentucky Bluegrass of Nicholasville, approximately 12 miles southwest of Lexington.
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