WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—Sophomore Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) shot a 1-over 72 and the 22nd-ranked Babson College men's golf team is just nine shots off the lead after shooting 300 in the second round of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship on Friday afternoon at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
The defending conference champions, University of Mary Washington, finished with the low score of the day (296) and remains in first place with a two-day total of 607. Christopher Newport University shot 297 on Friday and is second just five shots back with a 36-hole total of 612, while York College (Pa.) finished at 299 and is in third place overall with a total of 613. The fourth-place Beavers sit at 616 entering Saturday's final round.
Gianelos made four birdies on Friday and his two-day total of 5-over 148 has him just three shots behind second round leader Casey Leebrick of York. After bogeying the par-5 second hole, Gianelos made birdies at five, seven and nine to make the turn at 2-under for the day. He dropped three shots early on the back nine before finishing with his final birdie on 17 and a bogey on the 18th.
Following an opening round 77, Babson senior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) shot a 4-over 75 on Friday to grab a share of eight place at 10-over 152. He opened with back-to-back bogeys but made a birdie at the short par-4 fifth and was one of just five players in the field to birdie the 431-yard par-4 18th over the first two rounds.
Sophomore Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) went out in 36 and was even for the day through 12 holes before dropping five shots over his final six holes to shoot 76. He will enter Saturday's final round in 13th place with a 36-hole total of 14-over 156. Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) birdied the par-3 16th hole on his way to carding a 77 that has him tied for 17th position at 18-over, while sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) signed for an 82 on Friday and is tied for 19th position at 24-over through two rounds.
Final round play on the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe GC will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning with the winner securing the CAC's automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Championship. The Beavers will begin play on the 10th tee
• Through two rounds, Whitham is tied for first in par 4 scoring average (4.09) and is second in the 35-player field with 23 pars.
• Gianelos has made seven birdies over the first two days and is one of two players in the field that is even-par on the par 3's.
• Friday's scoring average of 80.77 was nearly four strokes better than Thursday's opening round.