HAVEN, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Edgewood College posted an even-par 288 Monday afternoon on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits to take a six-stroke lead over Aurora University at the midway point of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Men's Golf Championships.
While wind and persistent showers drove scorers higher in round one, players from all nine teams battled dense fog early on in round two before the skies cleared off. Once the fog lifted, however, lower scores became the order of the day.
The Eagles (328-288--616) had three players shoot under par to push ahead of the Spartans, who posted a 294 to sit at 622 after 36 holes. Concordia University Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lutheran College both posted team rounds of 302 Monday, allowing the Falcons to maintain a one-stroke edge over the Warriors for third place headed to next April's final 36 holes.
Marian University (340-316--656) is fifth just ahead of Lakeland University (341-317--658) in sixth and Milwaukee School of Engineering (344-315--659) in seventh. Benedictine University (380-328--708) and Dominican University (394-347--741) round out the team scoring.
Edgewood's Josh Hentrich charged into the lead in the medalist race by carding a 3-under-par 69 for a 148 total. He birdied three of the first four holes en route to a 2-under 34 on the front side. Hentrich then added two more birdies on the back nine, including one at the last.
Round one leader Stephen Bukielski of Wisconsin Lutheran trails by two strokes after posting a 3-over 75 for the second consecutive day for a 150 total. Bukielski had three birdies on the front nine and another on the back.
Edgewood's Matthew Davidson and Aurora's JT Hudson are tied for third with 152 totals. Davidson had six birdies - three on each side - en route to a 1-under 71. Hudson had five birdies, including three of the last five holes, but saw that balanced by a bogey at No. 15 and a triple bogey at No. 17 while posting a 1-over 73.
Aurora's John Torres (80-74--154) is fifth, followed by Concordia Wisconsin's Dylan Karvala (80-75--155) in sixth, Aurora's Noah Hogue (82-74--156) in seventh, Lakeland's Henry Wojtczak (83-74--157) in eighth and Edgewood's Dawson Hinz (87-71--158) in ninth. Marian's Max Dye (82-77--159), Edgewood's Jackson Eversoll (82-77--159) and MSOE's Bryce Lindsley (78-81--159) are tied for 10th.
En route to his 71, Hinz had three birdies in a bogey-free 33 on the front nine and just two bogeys to go with seven pars on the back nine.
Aurora's Vincent Martin (87-73--160) and CUW's Sam Schlosser (85-75--160) each had five birdies in their Monday rounds.
With the exception of a dual meet between Benedictine and Denison (Ohio) on October 14, Monday's round wraps the Fall 2018 portion for the NACC men's golf schedule. The final two rounds of the NACC Championships will be held Sunday-Monday, April 28-29, 2019 at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Illinois. The league champion will be awarded the NACC's automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships slated for May 14-17 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
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