WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Schuyler Stitzer and the Bucknell men's golf team joined the second-round scoring bonanza at the West Point Golf Club on Sunday. Stitzer posted an even-par 69 to lead the Bison to a 285 team total and a fifth-place standing with 18 holes still to come at the Stars & Stripes Invitational.
Bucknell posted a 301 team score in cooler conditions in the morning round, and then most of the 10-team field went low in the afternoon. Led by an 8-under-par 268 from host Army, nine teams broke 300 in round two. The Black Knights are at 3-over 555 through 36 holes, one shot better than first-round leader Loyola Maryland.
Lehigh sits in third at 577, followed by Pacific at 581 and Bucknell at 586. Sixth-place Columbia is two strokes behind the Bison, while UC Santa Barbara (594), Bethune-Cookman (600), Holy Cross (626) and Lafayette (632) round out the field.
Bucknell's five-man team combined for 21 birdies on the day, including 14 in the second round. Stitzer had five of those second-round birdies, all of them coming on the back nine. He started his afternoon on No. 10 and was 3-under through 11 holes before finishing at even par. Stitzer shot 74 in the first round and is tied for eighth place individually.
Peter Scialabba and Thomas Walter both posted 2-over 71s in the afternoon. Scialabba had a consistent day, making nothing worse than bogey over 36 holes. He birdied his first hole (No. 10) in each round and made four total birdies in a 76-71 day.
Walter was close to having an excellent day, but two "others" undermined his opening round and led to a 79. He bounced back in the afternoon to make three birdies and shoot 71.
Freshman John Edler shot 76-74 and Zach Pogust 75-78 for the Bison. Edler got out to a great start. He was 1-under at the turn in his opening round before running into some trouble on his second nine. He then posted a 36 on that part of the course the second time through.
Army counted four scores in the 60s in the second round, and Marcus Plunkett of the Black Knights is 5-under for the tournament (66-67) and has a three-shot edge in the individual standings. Matt Oshrine of Loyola (66-70) is in second place. Lehigh's Ethan Wall had the round of the day with a morning 64, but he fell back with an 81 in the afternoon.
The third and final round gets underway Monday morning.