Mocs Stand Tied for 11th After Two Rounds at South/Southeast Super Regional, Crouch Sits in First Place Tie Overall
POOLER, Ga. - After two rounds of golf at the 2014 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional, Florida Southern jumped one spot in the team standings as they are tied for 11th with Erskine College following its 10-over par 298 score here Tuesday at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Erskine shot a 300 on Tuesday after carding a 298 in Monday's opening round.
With its 298 on Tuesday, the 24th-ranked Moccasins, who are looking to finish in the Top 7 of the team competition and earn a spot in this year's NCAA Division II National Championships in Allendale, Mich., pushed its two-day total score to 598 as they are within eight shots of seventh place North Alabama, who has shot a 590 through two rounds after firing a two-over 290 in the second round.
Nova Southeastern took over the top spot on the leaderboard after firing a four-over 292 in the second round to push its 36 hole total score to 582. The Sharks are two shots in front of defending national champion Barry, who fired a 291 in the second round to push its 36 hole total to 584, while first round leader USC-Aiken shot a 294 on Tuesday to fall into a three-way tie for third place with both Florida Tech and Lynn. All three of those teams have shot a nine-over 585 for 36 holes. In Tuesday's second round, Florida Tech shot a 294 and Lynn fired a 289, which was the best score of the second round.
Entering Wednesday's final round at Savannah Quarters, seven teams enter Wednesday's final round within 11 shots of North Alabama and that coveted seventh spot in the team standings. The top seven teams in the year's South/Southeast Super Regional advance to the Division II National Championships in Allendale, Mich., on May 19-23.
Leading the Mocs charge on Tuesday was senior All-American Tim Crouch (Mt. Vernon, Fla.) as the defending NCAA D-II National Champion medalist carded a two-under 70 to move into a tie for first place on the leaderboard with Nova Southeastern's Santiago Gomez. Crouch, who shot a three-under 69 in Monday's opening round, has shot a five-under 139 through 36 holes and is poised to earn one of the two individual spots in the national championships should his team not be among the top seven on Wednesday.
In Tuesday's second round, Crouch recorded two birdies, two bogeys and had an eagle on the par 5 No. 13 hole. In addition, he also recorded 13 pars. Through the first two rounds of the super regional, Crouch has recorded seven birdies, four bogeys and one eagle.
Gomez, who entered the second round tied for third with Crouch, shot a two-under 70 on Tuesday to move into a tie with the Moccasin senior. Flagler's Spencer Schindler shot a three-under 69 on Tuesday to climb eight spots on the leaderboard as he is now tied for third with Barry's Adam Svensson, who shot a 70 on Tuesday. Both Schindler and Svensson have each carded four-under 140's through 36 holes.
Along with sending the top seven teams to nationals, the top two individuals (not on one of the advancing teams) will also earn a spot in nationals. Heading into Wednesday's final round, Crouch and Schindler are the players to beat to earn those two individual spots, while Saint Leo's Ryan Gendron is close behind as he has shot a 141 for 36 holes and is in fifth place. First round leader Scott Smyers of Barry shot a seven-over 79 in the second round and fell into a tie for 12th place with a one-over 145 through 36 holes.
In addition to Nova Southeastern, Barry, Florida Tech, USC-Aiken and Lynn atop the leaderboard, Armstrong Atlantic stands sixth as they have shot a 589 through two rounds, while Saint Leo is three shots behind North Alabama in eighth place as the Lions have shot a 593 for 36 holes. Clayton State and West Florida have each carded 597's to stand tied for ninth. Flagler has shot 599 for 36 holes to stand 13th, while Georgia College is 14th after shooting a 601 for 36 holes and Delta State stands 15th with a 605.
Queen's (N.C.) stands 16th with a 610 for 36 holes and they are followed by Rollins in 17th as the Tars shot a 314 in the second round to drop its 36 hole total to 612. Columbus State carded a 313 on Tuesday to fall to 18th with a 620, while Limestone and Carson-Newman are 19th and 20th after shooting a 621 and 641 respectively through 36 holes.
In addition to Crouch, sophomore Austin Schultz (Lakeland, Fla.) followed up his 76 on Monday with a three-over 75 on Tuesday to push his two-day total to 151. With his 151, Schultz stands in a tie for 41st place with seven other golfers. In Tuesday's second round, Schultz fired a four-over 40 on the front nine, before shooting a one-under 35 on the back nine. He had three birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey on his card on Tuesday.
Senior Shane Convery (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) recorded a second straight round of 76 to push his two-day 36-hole total to 152 and fall into a tie for 48th place with six other golfers. Convery opened his round with a two-over 38 on the front nine, before shooting a two-over 38 on the back nine. On the day, he recorded two birdies, four bogeys and he double bogeyed the 18th hole to close out the second round.
The fourth counter for the Mocs on Tuesday was freshman Jason Huntington (Lakeland, Fla.) as he rebounded from his 81 in the first round to shoot a five-over 77 in Tuesday's second round. Through 36 holes, Huntington has shot a 158 and is sitting in a tie for 82nd place. In Tuesday's round, Huntington had four birdies, three bogeys and recorded three double bogeys on his card.
FSC's final golfer on Tuesday was freshman Levin Hoffman (Sarstedt, Germany), who up his 79 on Monday with an 81 in Tuesday's second round to push his 36 hole total to 160 and move into a tie for 88th place. Hoffman struggled at the start of the round as he carded a seven-over 43 on the front nine, before rebounding to post a two-over 38 on the back nine. He finished the day with three birdies and added five bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey 7 on the par 4 No. 2 hole.
The Mocs will close out the three-day South/Southeast Super Regional on Wednesday with another 18 holes. FSC's fivesome will tee off from the No. 10 tee beginning at 12 p.m. and will be paired with West Florida and Erskine College.