CAPE CHARLES, Va. – Despite posting its highest score of the season in rugged weather conditions, Guilford College maintained a two-stroke lead after 36 holes of the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men’s Golf Championships.
The two-time defending champion Quakers had Monday’s second-lowest score, a 32-over-par 320. At 305-320-625, Guilford holds a two-stroke edge over Hampden-Sydney College (320-307-627), which managed a 307 Monday, 13 strokes better than Guilford and the rest of the field. Randolph-Macon College holds third place at 316-324-640.
Playing the par-72, 6,987-yard Palmer Course at the Bay Creek Lodge and Resort, the 10 teams played in wind-chill temperatures in the 30s with occasional rain and steady winds gusting close to 30 miles per hour. Only eight students shot under 80 Monday, including four members of Hampden-Sydney’s team. Washington and Lee University’s Patrick Clossin turned in a one-over 73, the day’s low score.
Guilford’s Noah Ratner (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) struggled to a season-high 81, but retained a share of the top spot on the 50-man individual leaderboard. He and Hampden-Sydney’s Sean Gatz are both at 154 after two rounds. Clossin sits third at 82-73-155, one stroke in front of Hampden-Sydney’s Rick O’Connell (80-76-156) and Randolph-Macon College’s Hunter Weaver (77-79-156).
The Quakers have four individuals among the top-10. Sophomore Drew Thompson (77-81-158) maintained sixth place, four strokes off the lead. Junior Dallas Page (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County (Averett)) shot 80 and climbed two spots into seventh place at 79-80-159. Nick Shedd posted Guilford’s low score Monday, which moved him into 10th place at 82-78-160. Travis Tolbert carded a 90 and slipped to 22nd at 76-90-166.
The ODAC Tournament champion earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The 54-hole tournament concludes Tuesday.