Silvis, Ill. – The College of Coastal Georgia men's golf team finished out its second round Thursday morning at the NAIA Men's Golf Championship, carding a 314 total that left them with a 630 overall score after two rounds on the TPC at Deere Run course.
With that total, the Mariners did not survive the 36-hole cut that was established for the tournament after the second round could not be finished due to severe weather yesterday. The postponement kept the teams that teed off in the afternoon on Wednesday from finishing. That meant that half of the teams in the 29-team field had to return to the course Thursday morning to complete the round.
The field is usually cut to the low 17 teams and 40 players after three rounds, but tournament officials elected to go ahead and make the cut after 36 holes so that the entire third round hopefully could be completed Thursday afternoon without a full field playing. Thus, the final round could start as planned on Friday.
Coastal Georgia's 630 total left the Mariners in 22nd place. They finished eight shots behind the 17th place team Madonna University which shot 622 through two rounds. The Mariners shot 316 in the opening round on Tuesday.
There is good news for the Mariners, however. Senior Paxton Shuman will play the final two rounds this afternoon and Friday as one of the top 40 players in the individual standings. Shuman shot another 75 in round two to go with his opening 75 on Tuesday on the par-71 course, leaving him with a 150 total through 36 holes. Shuman is tied for 17th going into the third round.
Rowan Lester from Texas Wesleyan is the tournament leader after two rounds with a 141 score. Lester has posted scores of 69 and 72 in the first two rounds.
Cardinal Stritch remains the team leader with a 595 score that includes a 289 in round one and 306 in round two.