MORGANTON, N.C. -- The Bucknell men's golf team posted two sub-300 rounds on Monday at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, but some eye-popping numbers by the rest of the all-Southern field left the Bison in 13th place. Schuyler Stitzer and Zach Pogust are both 5-over-par after 36 holes.
Stitzer opened the day with a 2-over 72, then followed it up with a 73 in the afternoon. He tallied five birdies and did not have anything worse than a bogey on his card all day.
Pogust got off to a spectacular start, holing out for eagle on the 484-yard par-4 third hole in his first round. He shot a 2-under 33 on the front nine, then struggled a bit on a four-hole stretch on the back before settling down with a birdie at 14 followed by four straight pars to close out a 1-over 71. That score equaled his season best. In the afternoon, Pogust birdied both of the course's par-5 holes for the second consecutive round, and he finished with a 74.
Bucknell's team scores of 294 and 297 were two of its best of the fall -- the 294 ties the season low -- but some of its competitors went off the charts on Monday. Wofford is 20-under-par as a team after posting rounds of 271-269. That is good for a 10-stroke advantage over Davidson, which tallied 279-271. Elon and Presbyterian are tied for third, but well back at 568 total. The Bison are at 591 and will try to catch Gardner-Webb (585) in Tuesday's final round.
Davidson's Todd Eckstein, Bethune-Cookman's Ryan Fricker and Wofford's George Perkovich are all 7-under for the tournament. Perkovich's second-round 65 was the low round of the day. Andrew Novak of Wofford is one back at -6. Sixteen players are at even-par or better through 36 holes.
The final round gets underway on Tuesday morning at Mimosa Hills CC.