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Neal’s 77 Leads Men’s Golf in Second Round of NCAA Division III Championship

Neal’s 77 Leads Men’s Golf in Second Round of NCAA Division III Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C.—First-year Andrew Neal (Chevy Chase, Md.) shot a 5-over par 77 as the Babson College men's golf team posted a team score of 330 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at the Grandover Resort on Wednesday afternoon.

The Beavers, which finished with a 36-hole total of 653, came in 38th overall as the 41-team field is cut down to just 15 for the final two rounds on Thursday and Friday. University of the Redlands (581) holds a three-shot lead over Berry College (584), which shot 2-over par on Wednesday, good for the low round of the day. Methodist University (586), which led after round one, is in third place, while Illinois Wesleyan University (589) is fourth just eight shots back. The 36-hole cut came at 605.

Neal made a pair of birdies over his final seven holes and had three on the day in a round that was free of double bogeys on the 6,710-yard par 72 West Course. He finished the tournament at 18-over par 162. First-year Pranav Mohan (Fremont, Calif.) was even through his first six holes, including birdies on each of the par 5s, but carded an 82 to post a 36-hole total of 161 (+17). 

Junior Chris Maguire (Waltham, Mass.) shot an 11-over par 83 on Wednesday and finished the tournament at 162, while first-year Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) and junior Vijay Vasandani (Cebu, Philippines) shot 88 and 92, respectively, in the second round.

Babson was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012 after capturing the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament championship in October.