GREENWOOD – Seventh-ranked Newberry has three players inside the top 13 after 36 holes at the Bearcat Golf Classic, finishing the day three shots outside of the lead currently held by host Lander University.
The Wolves capped their day with a three-over 291 in the second round, good enough to climb from fourth to second. No Newberry player shot higher than a two-over 74 on their second 18 holes as the Wolves moved up the standings. Ben Thompson's one-under 71 in the second round left him at even par for the tournament in a three-way tie for fourth place.
Spencer Skiff and Evan DeGrazia each finished at two-over for the day. Skiff had an even-par first round and went two-over on the second while DeGrazia shot a 73-73 to finish the day tied with Skiff and four others for 13th place. Carlos Leandro and Harry Bolton each finished tied for 48th at eight-over to round out the Newberry contingent.
The host Bearcats, ranked one spot ahead of Newberry in the national rankings and one spot behind in the regional rankings, finished the day with a tenuous lead as just nine shots separating the top five teams in the standings. The team was led by Michal Popisil. Lander placed one other golfer in the top 10 but saw its next two scorers land in 33rd and 53rd positions, respectively.
Newberry is currently second in a deep tournament field that includes 18 teams, 16 of which come from all corners of the Southeast Region. The Wolves lead the seven South Atlantic Conference schools in attendance by at least four strokes apiece.
Tournament play concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.