Point Park sets program records for team, individual scoring at Rd 2 of NAIAs
May 20, 2015 at 11:10 p.m. ET
Diego Ortiz shot a 3-under 69 in Rd 2 to set a Point Park individual scoring record at the NAIA national tournament.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --The Point Park University men's golf team shot a team score of 295, and senior Diego Ortiz fired a 3-under 69 in the second round of the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship on Wednesday at LPGA International. Those performances established Point Park records for team and individual scoring at the national tournament.
The team score of 295 bested the previous program record of 296 established in the second round last year as Point Park's best score ever at the NAIA national tournament. The Pioneers have a two-day total of 604, which includes a 309 in the first round Tuesday. Point Park has its lowest 36-hole score ever at the national tourney and is in 20th place in the team standings.
Ortiz, from Mexico City, Mexico, collected five birdies on his way to the 69, which beat Point Park's previous scoring record at NAIAs of 70 shared by teammate Eric Poplowski last year and former PGA Tour player Jim Masserio in 1969. Ortiz's two-day total of 145, which includes an opening 76, is also a team record for the lowest score after two rounds at NAIAs.
Ortiz balanced two bogeys with three birdies on his first nine holes to make the turn at 1-under for the day. He followed that up with two birdies and no bogeys on his back nine. Ortiz's round was one shot off the best round of the day, and it puts him in a tie for 18th place individually.
Senior Collin Holmes also had a strong day with a team-best six birdies in his round. That resulted in a score of even-par 72. He was 3-over after nine holes despite a couple of birdies to that point. But he blistered the front nine -- his second nine of the day -- for four birdies coming in. Only a bogey at the ninth, his 18th hole of the day, prevented him from being under par.
Senior Eric Poplowski shot a solid round of 4-over 76, which is paired with his opening round of 74 on Tuesday. Like Holmes, Poplowski was 3-over when he made the turn in round two. But he steadied things out with eight pars and a bogey on the back side and has a two-day total of 150.
Point Park's fourth and final senior, Ben Kennedy, carded a 6-over 78 in the second round. He shot 39 on both the front and back nine and made a clutch par putt on No. 8, his 17th of the day, to help preserve the team scoring record at NAIAs. Kennedy has two rounds in the 70s this week with a 79 on the first day.
Freshman Max Kaminsky shot 80 as the Pioneers' fifth competitor. He birdied the 567-yard, par-5 16th hole, his seventh of the day, and was carrying a score of 1-over at the turn. But three double bogeys on the back resulted in an 8-over score for the day.
Point Park's team-record round of 295 climbed the Pioneers four spots up the team leaderboard to 20th place. However, the second round was unable to be completed due to weather that suspended play with 80 players still on the course for round two.
The second round will resume Thursday at 8 a.m. for those who have yet to play 36 holes. Those teams will begin their third round with afternoon tee times on Thursday.
As one of the 14 teams to complete the second round, Point Park will begin the third round with tee times starting at 8:55 a.m. from hole No. 10 on Thursday.
The pairings will remain the same as the Pioneers will once again play with No. 7 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) and No. 23 Bethany (Kan.) as it did the first two rounds. Also, pin placements will remain the same as round two.
Point Park is seeking to make the cut after missing the last two years. The tournament field will be cut to the top 17 teams and ties after the completion of the third round. With the second round not yet completed, the cut line is 19-over, which is nine shots better than Point Park's 36-hole score of 28-over.
That means the Pioneers will have at most nine shots to make up in order to make the cut as Thursday's action begins. But Point Park may need to make up less ground should teams that still must complete round two fall back on the leaderboard.
Follow the Pioneers in round three with Live Scoring courtesy of Golfstat at the link above. A video recap of Day 2 of the NAIA National Championship via the NAIA Network is available at the link above as well.
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