Goetz Cards Record Low For WVU Golf at Martin Downs
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Freshman Mark Goetz tied the West Virginia golf program record low round as he helped the Mountaineers jump three spots to sit fourth after two rounds at the Martin Downs Collegiate on Tuesday at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City, Florida.
Goetz registered six birdies to finish six-under par with a 66, tying the lowest round on record at WVU as well as the lowest round of the tournament. He moved up 15 spots to tie for third place with a two-round score of 73-66=139 at five under.
Junior Max Sear, who also carded a round in the 60s, continues to lead the way for the Mountaineers. He birdied five holes on the back nine, adding another on the front to shoot four-under with a 68. Sear sits in second place at six under with a 70-68=138.
The Mountaineers moved into fourth place as a team after finishing the first round in seventh. They shot 10 under as a team with a 278 for a 36-hole team total of 297-278=575 for one under. Host UNCG and Seton Hall are tied atop the team leaderboard at eight under with scores of 568, while Elon is three strokes ahead of WVU in third place at four-under par (572).
“Another great day for both Mark and Max,” WVU coach Sean Covich said. “It was really good to see them step up for us and carry the team. I know we played a lot better today but, honestly, the course was playing a lot easier. Shooting this low is what should be expected out of this squad. We still need to improve in a lot of areas, especially the short game.”
Matthew Sharpstene moved up seven spots after shooting one under in the second round. The true freshman carries a score of 74-71=145 after two rounds and is one over par for 16th place. Teammate Philipp Matlari bounced back from a rocky first round to finish one over par on the day. He sits 10 over par with a two-round score of 81-73=154 for 10 over par.
Freshman Logan Perkins rounds out the official group at 12 over par and in a tie for 58th place. He finished the second round with a score of 80-76=156.
Playing as an individual, Tristan Nicholls sits tied with Sharpstene for 16th place after shooting two under par on the day. He takes a score of 75-70=145 into the third round at one-over par. Avery Schneider is a stroke back of Nicholls, shooting 74-72=146 for two over and 23rd place. Etienne Papineau is tied for 50th after carding a two-round score of 76-77=153 for nine over.
West Virginia is paired with UNCG, Seton Hall and Elon for the third and final round of play. Golfers will tee off starting at 8:20 p.m. EST Tuesday morning.
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