Point Park goes low on Day 2 of NAIA Men's Golf Nation Championship
May 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ET
Point Park head coach Gabe Bubon with junior Collin Holmes.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Point Park University men's golf team put together the fifth-best round of the day in the second round of the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship on Wednesday (May 14) to jump up four spots on the team leaderboard.
The Pioneers shot a team score of 296, and only four of the 29 teams in the field shot better in round two. After 36 holes, Point Park stands in 26th place, and it tees off in the third round at 7:50 a.m. from hole No. 10 on Thursday. The field will be cut after 54 holes.
Point Park will have to climb the leaderboard in the third round like it did in the second round if it is to make the final round on Friday. Point Park opened the tournament on Tuesday with a disappointing 321 -- its highest round of the year. But The Pioneers bared down to knock 25 strokes off that score and rise in the standings.
The charge in round two was led by Eric Poplowski and Chris Bowen. Poplowski, a junior from Economy, Pa., shot a 2-under 70 and had his round as low as 5-under through 14 holes. Poplowski fired five birdies and one eagle on the day. The eagle was a chip-in on the par-5 16, his seventh hole of the day.
Bowen also had the birdies flying as the senior from Bethel Park, Pa., poured in a team-high six birdies with three on each side. Bowen shot 1-over 73, and his score went up when he got into trouble and made a 9 on hole No. 9, his last of the day.
Collin Holmes, a junior from Avon Lake, Ohio, shot a 2-over 74 for the Pioneers. He had three birdies and and an eagle on the par-5 fifth. He played the final four holes at 2-under.
Senior James Daley, from Youngstown, Ohio, shot 79 in round three. He was 7-over through 13 holes, but he held it there by getting all pars and shooting even par his final five holes.
Senior Steve Veydt, from Cecil, Pa., shot an 87, which was bumped up with a pair of double bogeys to end.
After getting only four combined birdies among the day in the first round, Point Park had 15 birdies and two eagles in round two. The Pioneers will try to keep it going in round three. Follow Live Scoring via Golfstat at the link below.
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