Low Scores Highlight Day One In Charlotte
April 13, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Marquette University senior Mike Van Sickle fired a 7-under-par 65 to close out Monday's second round at the Palisades Collegiate Classic. He shot a 69 in round one earlier in the day and sits in third place, as do the Golden Eagles, heading into Tuesday's final round at Palisades Country Club.
"There were some encouraging things that I saw out of our players today," said head coach Tim Grogan. "We stress that it's one-day tournament each day we play. Now we just need to focus on playing well on the last day."
Van Sickle's 65, which was also matched Monday by VCU's Vincent Nadeau, would have tied the tournament's 18-hole record, but Louisville's Riley Wheeldon shot an 11-under 61 during the same round to establish a new tournament-low.
Low scores all-around defied a grueling 36-holes played in blustery morning conditions, which also featured an occasional sprinkle. Marquette's scores were no exception.
Sophomore Ben Sieg posted back-to-back sup-par rounds, finishing day one tied for 12th at 3-under 141 (70-71), one stroke better than senior Dustin Schwab, who is 18th on the individual leaderboard at 2-under 142 (70-72).
"It rained a little bit in the morning, off and on, but it obviously didn't hamper scores," Grogan said. "We played good [today], but we need four or five guys to play good."
Marquette trailed only Virginia Commonwealth University after the first round, sitting one stroke behind the Rams at five-under-par 283. VCU now holds a five-stroke lead in the event with a two-round total of 552. Louisville is in second at 557, 10 strokes ahead of the Golden Eagles (567), thanks in part to Wheeldon, who shares the 36-hole lead with Nadeau at 12-under 132.
Tuesday's final round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. CT.
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