BRASELTON, Ga. (April 19, 2011) â€" ETSU senior Paul Oâ€™Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) rebounded after a tough opening round to fire a team-low 2-under 69 to lead the Bucs on day two of the Atlantic Sun Championship played on the Chateau Course at Chateau Elan.
The Bucs were seven strokes better on Tuesday as they shot a 2-over 286 as a team to sit in a tie for sixth with USC Upstate at 579 (+11).
Oâ€™Kane, who shot a first-round 77 on Monday, moved up 24 places on the leaderboard after recording one of just 11 under-par rounds. He is now tied for 23rd after two rounds at +4 (77-69â€"146).
A trio of teams including Kennesaw State, UNF and Campbell posted one-under-par rounds of 283 as the Ospreys and Camels remain tied for second, five-strokes behind the Owls whose two-day total sits at 5-under-par 583. FGCU, the 2010 runner-up, shot the fourth round of par or better to sit seven back of the lead, while Belmontâ€™s second-day 285 puts the Bruins 13 strokes behind the Owls.
The individual leaderboard remains close knit as six strokes separate the top-13 competitors. Karlsson leads Daniel Smith of Belmont by a shot after the Bruin senior carded a 3-under-par 68. Campbellâ€™s Matt Moot shot his second 2-under round of 69 to sit in third at 4-under. FGCUâ€™s Alex Medinis and Kennesaw Stateâ€™s Matt Nagy share fourth place with 3-under totals. First-round leader Matthew Hopper, from USC Upstate opened his day with a double-bogey on the first hole but steadied himself to finish the day in a tie for sixth at 2-under-par with UNFâ€™s Kevin Alywin.
ETSU junior Devin Komline (Dorset, Vt.) and freshman Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) are both currently tied for 16th at +2 to lead the Bucs. Komline recorded a 1-over 72 on Tuesday, while Lawson shot a 3-over 74.
Sophomore Patrick Spraggs (Rochford, England) followed up an opening round 75 with a 1-over 72 on Tuesday. Spraggs is currently tied for 28th. Freshman Lucas Armstrong (Church Hill, Tenn.) rounded out Tuesdayâ€™s scoring for the Bucs with a 2-over 73. He is tied for 39th after two rounds.
A day after 11 players broke par on 7,030-yard Chateau Course, 11 did so again on Tuesday with the low round coming from Smith and UNFâ€™s Joe Byun. Each shot 3-under-par 68s. The course scoring average dropped from 73.45 on Monday to 72.85 for the second round.
The 54-hole tournament concludes with Wednesday's final round. Live scoring is available on-line at www.Golfstat.com. The final round begins at 8 a.m. with a split tee time. Belmont, FGCU and ETSU will begin play at the first hole while Stetson and Lipscomb will start number 10.
The Chateau Course, which features contoured fairways, thick Bermuda roughs, and strategically placed lakes and ponds, opened in July 1989. Built on 170 acres of the finest terrain, the 7,030 yard layout of the Chateau Elan Course, designed by Denis Griffiths, plays to a par 71. Winding along three lakes and two creeks, water comes into play on 10 of the 18 holes while 87 bunkers line the layout.
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