SANDESTIN, Fla. – Guilford College’s Brad White and Dallas Page (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County (Averett)) both shot even-par 71 in Monday’s second round of the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational, which helped the Quakers climb two spots into sixth place. First-round leader Oglethorpe University shot a tournament-best five-under 279 and expanded its lead to 10 strokes over second-place LaGrange College. Guilford carded a 290 Monday, the day’s fifth-lowest score, and trails Oglethorpe by 22 strokes. However, the Quakers are only three shots behind third-place Rhodes College and Methodist University in the 18-team field.
White, a freshman making his college debut in his home state, and Page, a senior, both shot their low rounds of the season Monday. White birdied his first two holes, but a triple-bogey eight on the third hole set him at one-over. He made the turn at two-over, but birdies on the 11th and 15th holes dropped him back to even par. White has a team-best 144 after 36 holes, which sits 14th on the individual leader board. He is one shot ahead of classmate Tanner Gross (Archdale, N.C./Homeschool), who finished with a 75 Monday for a two-day 145.
Page, who shot 76 in Sunday’s opening round, rebounded Monday with three bogeys, three birdies and 12 pars. His birdie on the par-five 17th hole dropped him to even par for the round and helped him to a five-over 147, which sits 29th individually after 36 holes.
Guilford freshman Ty Palmer (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day School) shot 73 and is tied for 42nd at 76-73-149. Junior Drew Thompson shot 76 for the second straight day and holds a share of 58th place.
LaGrange’s Cory Howard blistered the par-71, 6,505-yard Raven Golf Club course with a five-under 66 and grabbed a two-shot lead over Oglethorpe’s Anthony Maccaglia, who turned in a one-under 70 Monday. Howard is five under for the tournament at 137, followed by Maccaglia (69-70-139) and Oglethorpe’s Braden Baer (70-70-140) and Hayden Jones (72-68-141).
The tournament features eight teams ranked among the top-20 squads in the latest Golfstat.com NCAA Division III Head-to-Head Ratings, including the third-ranked Quakers. It concludes Tuesday, Oct. 15.