ETOWAH, N.C. - Newberry College led after one round, but trail by three stroke and are in third place entering the final round of the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championships at the Etowah Valley Country Club and Golf Resort.
Newberry shot a 291 in the day's first round to hold a two-stroke lead over Carson-Newman and host Brevard, but a second round 298 put the first day total at 589. Carson-Newman shot a two-round 586 to take the lead, with Brevard one stroke back at 587.
Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) is in third place individually to lead the Newberry charge. He shot an even-par 72 in the first round and a one-under 71 in the second round for a first day total of 143. Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) is tied for 13th place with a 4-over par 73-75=148. Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) is one stroke behind Campbell and is tied for 17th place with a 5-over 73-76=149.
Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) sits alone in 28th place after shooting a 10-over 78-76=154 on the first day. Stephen Holmes (Chapin, S.C.) rounded out Newberry competitors tied for 32nd. He shot a one-over par 73 in the first round, but struggled to an 84 in the second round to card a 13-over 157 in the first two rounds.
The Eagles fired back-to-back rounds of 293 and lead by one stroke over tournament host Brevard College and three shots ahead of No. 20 Newberry College (589). Five teams are within 12 shots of the lead including Wingate University (592) and Tusculum College (598). Mars Hill College is sixth with 603, followed by Lincoln Memorial University (604), Lenoir-Rhyne University (612) and Catawba College (616).
SAC Player of the Year Chase Carroll of Tusculum leads after two rounds with 69-71=140 (-4). Carroll, who won the 2007 SAC Tournament, is in quest of his third individual title this season.
Carroll holds a two-shot lead over Mars Hill's Josh Spradling, who fired a two-under par 71-71=142. Defending SAC Tournament medalist Ben Lown of Newberry, is three shots out of the lead with his 72-71=143 (-1). Brevard's Chris White, fired a three-under par 69 in Monday's second round and is in fourth place. C-N's Brad Robinson and Liam Ashby are in a three-way tie for fifth place with David Crawford of Wingate at 145 (+1). Lincoln Memorial's Cory Bartlett and Bret McGaughey of Brevard are tied for eighth at 146, while the trio of Chad Skinner (Mars Hill), Eric Kennedy (LMU) and John Palermo (Wingate) are tied for 10th place at 147.
The final round of the 54-hole championship will be held Tuesday morning at the par 72, 6,796-yard layout.
2009 Food Lion SAC Championships (Second Round Results)
Etowah Valley GC Etowah, N.C.
Par: 72 Yardage: 6,796
1 Carson-Newman Coll. 293 293 586 +10
2 Brevard College 293 294 587 +11
3 Newberry College 291 298 589 +13
4 Wingate University 293 299 592 +16
5 Tusculum College 297 301 598 +22
6 Mars Hill College 298 305 603 +27
7 Lincoln Memorial U. 298 306 604 +28
8 Lenoir-Rhyne Univ. 307 305 612 +36
9 Catawba College 302 314 616 +40
3 Newberry College 291 298 589
3 Ben Lown 72 71 143
T13 Matthew Campbell 73 75 148
T17 Brandon Burnside 73 76 149
28 Daniel Stanley 78 76 154
T32 Stephen Holmes 73 84 157