MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – After a nearly flawless second round of play, Coker’s Jake Murphy (Hamilton, N.J.) holds a share of the lead at the 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship. Murphy sank six birdies and just one bogey on his way to a five-under par 67, the lowest round of the tournament thus far.
After two rounds Murphy sits atop the leader board at three-under par (141). He shares the lead with Kyle Souza of Chico State and Zack Van Dolah of Central Missouri. The trio are closely followed by Ricardo Gouveia of Lynn University and Corey Kozuma from Hawaii-Hilo, both of who are at two-under (142).
With just one round of golf remaining before crowning the individual champ, Murphy is just 18 holes away from giving Coker its first ever National Champion.
Murphy will be in familiar company when he hits the links for the third and final round, his playing partners are Daniel Castleberry of Barton College and Justin Grice from Columbus State University; he has faced both players several times this season. The three will tee off at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday for the third and final round of the stroke play at the par 72, 7,150 yard Fighting Joe Course at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Golf Club.
Fans can follow Murphy’s progress throughout the day with live hole-by-hole results on www.ncaa.com or you can following Head Coach Tommy Baker on Twitter @coachbaker.