Point Park in 20th place after 36 holes at NAIA Men's Golf National Championship
May 15, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Sophomore Collin Holmes shot 77 to tie for the team lead in Rd 2 of the NAIA National Championship.
SALEM, Ore. -- Point Park University is in 20th place of 28 teams after 36 holes of the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore. The Pioneers shot 310 in Wednesday's second round, which is one off their first-round score of 309.
Just like the first round, the Pioneers played well for much of the day but gave some shots back at the end of their second round. With that, Point Park finds itself at 43-over par 619, which is 10 shots off the cutline of 33-over 609 set by 17th-place Embry-Riddle (Ariz.).
The field will be cut after Thursday's third round with only the top 17 teams and 40 individuals competing in the final round on Friday. Thursday's tee times and pairings will be announced by 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday night. The Pioneers will be playing in the morning as one of the lower teams on the leaderboard.
Senior Billy Wivell (Deer Lakes, Pa.) and sophomore Collin Holmes (Avon Lake, Ohio) shot the best scores for the Pioneers on Wednesday as each came in with a 5-over 77. Point Park had its other three players all shoot 6-over 78 -- senior Austin Elder (Warren, Ohio), junior Chris Bowen (Bethel Park, Pa.) and junior James Daley (Youngstown, Ohio).
Point Park will have some making up to do -- 10 shots to be exact -- during the third round if is to make it to Friday's final round. Point Park is in the NAIA national tournament for the first time since 1969 and is just four years removed from reinstating its program after a 37-year hiatus.
Through 36 holes, Elder and Daley lead Point Park with a tournament total of 10-over par. That puts them in a tie for 65th out of 154 players and five shots off the individual cutline of 40th place. All five of Point Park's players are in the top 100 individually with Bowen and Wivell tied for 90th at +12 and Holmes tied for 99th at +13.
Holmes' 77 included playing the back nine in 1-under despite a bogey to finish at No. 18, the hardest hole on the course. The big-hitting Holmes had three birdies on the day with each one coming on a par 5. He did give some shots back near the end of his front nine with a triple bogey on No. 8 and a double on No. 9.
Elder's round was holding steady at 2-over before he bogeyed four of the last five holes to finish at 6-over 78. Wivell had two birdies on the back nine, but he bogeyed No. 18 to card a 77. Hole No. 18 claimed each Point Park player as a victim on Wednesday. The Pioneers played the 462-yard par 4 in 6-over with four bogeys and one double bogey.
Bowen and Daley each carded two birdies on the day, and they were both carrying a solid round of 4-over when the got to the last few holes. But Bowen finished bogey-bogey and Daley had a double on No. 18.
Check back later for Point Park's tee times and pairings for Thursday's third round. Live Scoring for all rounds is provided by the NAIA and Golfstat at the leaderboard links above.