LELAND, N.C. -- The UT Arlington men's golf team fired a pair of under par rounds to take the team lead after 36 holes at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate at Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest.
All five UTA golfers are among the top 20 individuals with three placing among the top four with under par scores after the tournament's first two rounds. Grad transfer Nick Thornton (Boerne, Texas) is in second place at 3-under, while freshman Paul Gonzalez (Waxahachie, Texas) and Tanner Gore (El Paso, Texas) are tied for third at 1-under.
As a team, the Mavericks own a 17-stroke lead over second place Jacksonville State with rounds of 285-283 to sit at 8-under. Jacksonville State is 9-over par, while Appalachian State in in third place at 17-over.
The 13-team field returns to 6,850-yard, par 72 Cape Fear National tomorrow morning for the tournament's final round.
Appalachian State sophomore Tripp Summerlin owns a 1-stroke lead over Thornton after posting rounds of 68-72 to finish the day at 4-under par.
Thornton recovered from a 1-over par 73 in the morning round to play lights out in the afternoon. After opening his round with a birdie on the 173-yard, par 3 9th hole, he fell back to even with a birdie on the par 5 11th. He posted 11 pars and four birdies the rest of the way to finish at 4-under.
Gonzalez, who drained a 20-foot putt for eagle on No. 11 in the afternoon, went 72-71 in the two rounds. Gore opened the day with a 4-under 68 in the morning before settling for a 3-over 75 in the second round.
Senior Jake Greenspoon (Houston, Texas) registered only three bogeys over the 36-holes to turn in rounds a pair of even par rounds. In the afternoon, he opened on No. 10 with a bogey, returned to even par with a birdie on No. 12 then proceeded to par each of his final 15 holes.
Senior Aaron Guanlao's (Haslet, Texas) otherwise solid morning round was spoiled by an 8 on the par 4 3rd hole to finish with a 5-over par 77. He bounced back with an even par 72 in the afternoon and enters tomorrow's final round in a tie for 19th place.
Redshirt freshman Zach Cole (Fort Worth, Texas), playing as an individual, opened at 3-under through his first eight holes this morning. But, after making the turn at 18 he went 10-over on the front to finish with a 7-over par 79. He improved by a stroke in the afternoon and is in a tie for 49th at 13-over.
UTA returns to action on March 19-20 at the Valspar Collegiate Championships at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. The team plays five regular season spring events prior to the annual Sun Belt Conference Championships, which are scheduled for April 22-24 at Raven Golf Course in Miramar Beach, Fla.
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