CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Get ready for the "Shootout at Salem Glen." Pfeiffer University fired a tournament-best 280 (-4) Monday to take a one-shot lead over defending champ Barton and Belmont Abbey after two days of the Conference Carolinas Men's Golf Championships. Only three shots back of the lead at 588 (+20) are Coker and Anderson, which means five teams are within three shots of the lead heading into Tuesday's final round over the par-71, 6,726-yard layout at the Salem Glen Country Club.
Belmont Abbey sophomore Connor Tomlinson maintained his individual lead by shooting a 1-under 70. His 69-70--139 (-3) is one shot better than Anderson junior Adam Sheriff, who fired the tournament's best round of 66 on Monday. Tied for third at even-par 142 are Pfeiffer freshman Laurence Noott (75-67--142) and Coker sophomore Jimmy Gillam (71-71--142). Fifth place is occupied by St. Andrews Presbyterian College senior Alfred Kristinsson at 71-73--144. Seven players are tied for 6th overall at 4-over 145, including junior Jonathan Burke (72-73), sophomore Stephen Harrison (74-71) and freshman Daniel Castleberry (76-69) of Barton. Burke is the defending conference medalist.
Senior co-captain Neal Jones rebounded from an 86 to shoot 72 and give Barton Monday's second-best round of 1-over 285. Pfeiffer, which started the day nine shots back of the overall lead, also counted a 68 from Marc Kourie, a 70 by Mark Lumley and a 75 by Mike Joy to move into the lead.
Coker's Chris Marsh had the only other round in the 60s on Monday, shooting a 69 to pace the Cobras.
Final-round action begins at 8:30 off the 1st tee. St. Andrews (610), Limestone (620) and Lees-McRae (669) tee off from 8:30 to 9:10; Coker (588), Mount Olive (605) and Queens (606) start at 10-minute intervals from 9:20 to 10:00; and Pfeiffer, Barton, Belmont Abbey and Anderson start from 10:10 to 10:50.
|T 4||Coker College||296 292 588|
|T 3||Jimmy Gillam||71 71 142|
|T 6||Christopher Marsh||76 69 145|
|T 22||Jay Goldenberg||78 74 152|
|25||Trey Bridwell||71 82 153|
|T 32||Stephen Thomson||79 78 157|