College of Coastal Georgia is just two rounds away from winning the school’s third NAIA championship.
The Mariners grabbed the lead in the second round Wednesday at TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., with a 1-over 285 round for the day in tough conditions. Coastal sits at 3-under for the tournament, a shot ahead of second-place Dalton State.
Mariners head coach Mike Cook said the course played tougher in the second round, but he liked the way his team handled the tougher terrain.
First-round leader Keiser University was nine shots worse in the second round at sits in a tie for third place at 4 over with Oklahoma City. Texas Wesleyan is in fifth place at 8 over.
Coastal got a bounce-back round from Lauri Hacklin to help the Mariners grab the lead. Hacklin struggled with a 4-over 75 in the first round, but rebounded with a 3-under 68 on Wednesday. Hacklin started his round with two birdies and finished the day with five total against two bogeys.
Mark David Johnson and Harrison Stafford each carded rounds of 1-over 72. Johnson, who is tied for sixth in the individual competition at 1 under for the tournament, recovered from an early double bogey to finish with four birdies against three bogeys and the one double.
Stafford tallied three birdies to four bogeys for his 72. Chip Thompson provided the final score for Coastal with a 2-over 73.
He is tied for sixth overall in the individual competition at 1 under.
Kyle Kidd, who shot a 2-under 69 in the first round, struggled in the second round with a 7-over 78, but his score didn’t count against Coastal’s team total.
Dalton State’s S.M. Lee leads the medalist race at 5 under for the tournament. He is two shots ahead of University of the Cumberland’s Ben Kendrick.
The tournament continues today with the final round set for Friday.