CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Guilford College shot a school-record 268 Saturday and sits in second place after 36 holes of the 42nd annual Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. The Quakers were one of 16 teams to qualify for the tournament title, which will be contested Sunday on the par-72 Gold Course of the Paradise Point Golf Club.
This year’s 32-team event features some of the top NCAA Division III and NAIA teams in America. Seven schools are ranked in their respective Nike Golf/Golf World coaches’ polls, including Guilford, Division III’s 11th-ranked squad.
Defending NCAA Division III champion Oglethorpe University also logged a school record Saturday, shooting 263 to claim the top spot on the 32-team leader board at 548. Both Guilford and Oglethorpe were among the 16 teams that played the par-70, 6,120-yard Scarlet Course Saturday. The remaining teams played the 7,040-yard Gold Course Saturday, including NAIA member Southeastern University. Southeastern carded the Gold Course’s low score (284) and shares third place in the overall standings at 564. Methodist University is also in third at 564.
Guilford’s Drew Thompson sits one stroke off the individual lead at six-under 136 after shooting 70 Friday and a 66 Saturday. Noah Ratner matched his career low with a 65 Saturday and is just two strokes off the lead in third place at 137. Teammates Nick Shedd (76-69-145) and Dallas Page (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) (77-68-145) are nine shots out of first place. Travis Tolbert is at 79-70-149.
Ratner, Thompson, Page and Shedd combined to fire the lowest 18-hole team score in school history. The 268 total broke the former mark of 271 set on the Scarlet Course in 2007. Thompson’s 66 set a career low and his 136 over 36 holes matches the school’s third-lowest total.
The tournament concludes Sunday (3/24).
NOTE: Sixteen teams played the Scarlet Course and 16 teams played the Gold Course in Friday’s first round.
The teams will switch for Saturday’s second round.
After 36 holes, the top 16 teams will play the Gold Course Sunday to determine the tournament champion.
The remaining 16 teams will play the Scarlet Course.