Elon Men’s Golf Sets Tournament Records on Day One of Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational

Posted by Press Release on April 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On day one of The Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational, the Elon men’s golf team set a number of new tournament records on its way to finishing the two rounds with a 30-under 546 (274-272).

Elon matched the previous tournament record-low round of 274 in round one only to see Lamar better that by one stroke in the same round. Determined to claim that record, the Phoenix shot a 272 in round two and now holds that honor as well. The 272 also set the new mark as the lowest second round score, surpassing the score of 274 recorded by Wofford last year.

The team’s two-round score of 546 shattered the previous tournament mark for the lowest 36-hole score by 11 strokes. The previous standard was a 36-hole score of 557 by Wofford in 2013.

Two Phoenix players also sit at the top of the individual standings. John Somers leads the 83-player field with an 11-under 133 (65-68). Somers matched the tournament record for the lowest individual score through 36 holes. The mark had previously been established by Wake Forest’s Barry Fabyan in 1989 and was matched in 2012 by Campbell’s Vaita Guillaume. Somers’ first-round score of 65 also equaled the tournament record as the lowest by an individual in the first round. His mark tied the one set by Clemson’s Danny Ellis in 1993 and Radford’s Paul Woodson in 2011. His round of 65 was also a career-low for the senior.

Over his 36 holes, Somers recorded tournament-best three eagles and 12 birdies, the second-most in the event.

In a tie for second place just three strokes back is Troy Beaver. Beaver got to his 136 thanks to rounds of 69 and 67. Those scores are the lowest two of his Elon career. Beaver posted 12 birdies over his 36 holes.

With a mark of 140, Will DiIanni and Jonathan DiIanni share 12th place through two rounds. Will DiIanni achieved his 140 with two rounds of 70, while Jonathan DiIanni carded marks of 73 and 67. Will DiIanni recorded 24 pars along with one eagle.

Stuart Kaufman ended the day in a tie for 37th with a score of 145 (70-75). He notched 10 birdies in his 36 holes on Monday.

The Phoenix will enter Tuesday’s final round with an 11 stroke advantage on second-place Lamar (557). Host Wofford sits third with a 558, while Gardner-Webb and 50th-ranked TCU are tied for fourth in the 15-team field with a 565.

The third and final round of play will get underway from The Country Club of Spartanburg at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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