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William Woods Men’s Golf Nationals Round 2


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The No. 3-ranked William Woods University men’s golf team was able to get through the back nine in round two at the NAIA National Championships on Wednesday, but due to inclement weather, play was suspended until tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Through nine holes of golf, WWU stands at 5-over par, which moved them back to 1-under par for the championship and placing them second overall.

Coastal Georgia, who also was unable to finish its round, is in first place at 6-under par, as they are even-par thus far. Wayland Baptist is in third place, with a 6-over par 582 (287-295), while Cal State San Marcos, is sitting at 7-over par. The big mover on the day belonged to Johnson & Wales, who shot an impressive 11-under par 277 in the second round and now are in fifth place, totaling an 8-over par 584 (307-277).

Individually, Clayton French (Marian University) and Sean Elliott (Dalton State), who both were unable to finish their round, are tied for first place at 6-under par.

For William Woods, sophomore Matt Wells is tied for fifth, as he is 2-over par on the back nine and 4-under par overall. The IIfracombe, England, native, who was 3-under on the back nine yesterday, bogeyed the par four 11th and the par five 14th, to move back to 2-over. He was able to close out the final four holes by scoring par.

Senior Stan Gautier, was on a roll until play was suspended, as he has moved up 14 spots on the leaderboard and now is tied for 11th place at even-par, after being 1-under today.

The Paris, France, native, was able to score par on the first three holes, then knocked in consecutive birdies on 13 and 14, to get to 2-under. He was able to par three of the final four holes on the back nine, with his only blemish being a bogey on the 17th.

The next Owl on the leaderboard, is senior Julian Taylor, who is tied for 28th place, scoring 2-over par overall and 3-over par today on the back nine.

After scoring bogey on the 10th, Taylor was able to par the next four holes, before hitting another bogey on the 15th. He responded with a birdie on the 16th, but a double-bogey on the 17th, kept him at 3-over par.

Sophomore David Houlding, is tied for 37th place at 3-over par, as he went 3-over through nine holes today. The Leeds, England, native, double-bogeyed the par four 11th, but answered back with a birdie on the 14th, to move to 1-over. He drained par on the next three holes, but his second double-bogey on the back nine, moved him to 3-over.

Another sophomore, Billy McKenzie, also made a move up the leaderboard, jumping 11 spots, as he is 1-over par on the back nine and 6-over par overall.

The Portsmouth, England, native, bogeyed the par four 10th to start the round, but closed out very well, as he scored par on the final eight holes.

The Owls will conclude the second round at 8 a.m. tomorrow and will begin round three at 1:40 p.m. that same day.

To view all of today’s round scores, visit HERE.

Fans make sure to stay updated on wwuowls.com tomorrow night for a full second and third round recap.


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