Aurora Holds Lead at Midway Point of NACC Men's Golf Championships

Defending champion Aurora leads by 24 strokes after 36 holes at the 2019-20 NACC Men's Golf Championships.
Defending champion Aurora leads by 24 strokes after 36 holes at the 2019-20 NACC Men's Golf Championships.

HAVEN, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Defending champion Aurora University posted a team total of 307 for the second consecutive day on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits and extended its lead over the field to 26 strokes after two rounds of the 2019-20 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Men's Golf Championships.

The Spartans, with all five players in the top nine of the medalist standings, have a 614 total through 36 holes. Edgewood College overcame a rocky first round to shoot 311 Monday and sits second with a 640 total (329-311), while Milwaukee School of Engineering is third at 319-329--648. The next four teams are separated by just two strokes. Marian University is fourth at 330-327--657, just ahead of Concordia University Wisconsin (fifth, 334-324--658), Benedictine University (tie-sixth, 334-325--659) and Wisconsin Lutheran College (341-318--659). St. Norbert College (352-315--667), Lakeland University (342-334--676) and Dominican University (361-355--716) round out the team standings.

The championship concludes with 36 holes April 26-27, 2020, at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Illinois.

Individually, Aurora's Scott Boyajian doubled his lead in the medalist race after backing up his opening-round 73 with a 77 for a 150 total. He leads teammate Noah Hogue (81-73--154) and MSOE's Bryce Lindsley (77-77--154) by four strokes. Four golfers sit tied for fourth with 156 totals -- Aurora's Ryan Vanderway (77-79) and JT Hudson (77-79), Edgewood's Matthew Davidson (80-76) and MSOE's Garrett Schulz (75-81). Benedictine's Nate Kirberg (78-79--157) is eighth, followed by Aurora's Craig Schlegel (80-78--158) in ninth, while Marian teammates Maxwell Dye (77-82--159) and Trent Thomas (79-80--159) are tied for 10th.

The top 10 golfers at the conclusion of the championship receive all-conference honors.