MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 16, 2016) – Firing its best two-round score of the season, the West Virginia University golf team is in second place with one round remaining at the Rutherford Intercollegiate on the Penn State Blue Golf Course in University Park, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.
WVU golf shot a 284-284=568 to finish even par, besting its previous two-round low score by eight strokes. The Mountaineers trail host No. 31 Penn State by six strokes, as the Nittany Lions sit atop the leaderboard with a score of 562 and six under. Xavier is in third with a score of 572 (+4), followed by UConn with a 575 (+7).
“I’m really proud of the guys today, especially in the afternoon round,” WVU coach Sean Covich said. “All year we have struggled on the second round and, honestly, early on we were not playing well. However, the guys turned it around and posted our best 36-hole round of the season and have us in a solid position headed into the final round. I’m really glad to see the hard work pay off for them. The guys should be playing with some confidence tomorrow and enjoy their final regular season round.”
Alan Cooke and Max Sear finished the first round tied for seventh at one under, both carding a score of 70. Cooke repeated his feat in the second to end the day two under par at 140 and remains in seventh place. Sear proceeded to shoot a 71, carding a two-round total of 141 for one under par. He sits tied for eighth place.
Freshman Tristan Nicholls, who has made great strides for the Mountaineers this spring, carded a 71-74=145. He is three over par and tied for 18th place with teammate Easton Renwick. Renwick shot 75-70=145 and is also thee over par.
Chris Williams is a stroke back from Renwick and Nicholls, tied for 24th place. He shot a 73 in both rounds to finish the day four over par with a score of 146.
Competing as an individual, Avery Schneider carded a 79-73=152. He is 10 over and tied for 49th.
The Mountaineers tee off for the final round of both the Rutherford Intercollegiate and the regular season on Sunday at 8 a.m.
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SOURCE: WVU SPORTS