Huntingdon tied for 1st entering final round of NCAA Tournament

Senior Mark Connelly was one of three Hawks to shoot even-par 72 in the third round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship on Thursday. Entering Friday's final round, Huntingdon is tied for first.
Senior Mark Connelly was one of three Hawks to shoot even-par 72 in the third round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship on Thursday. Entering Friday's final round, Huntingdon is tied for first.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – The Huntingdon men's golf team made another big push in the third round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship on Thursday.

The second-ranked Hawks shot 10 strokes better than any other team in the tournament on Thursday with a 2-over-par 290. Entering Friday's final round at Keene Trace Golf Club, the Hawks are tied for first with a 16-over 880 in the first three rounds.

With 18 holes to play, Huntingdon is tied with third-ranked Illinois Wesleyan. Sixth-ranked Guilford College is two strokes behind the leaders with an 18-over 882 and fourth-ranked Wittenberg is fourth at 31-over 895.

Three Hawks shot even-par 72 in the third round to pace Huntingdon. Senior Mark Connelly turned in his best round of the tournament with an even-par 72 and junior Drew Mathers and senior Stephen Shephard each shot even-par 72.

Mathers, the second-ranked golfer in Division III, is two strokes off the tournament lead with a 1-under 215 through 54 holes. Shephard, the third-ranked golfer in Division III is six strokes off the lead and tied for eighth with a 3-over 219. Connelly is tied for 39th with a 12-over 228.

Thursday's round was the 20th round of par-or-better for Mathers this season and the 19th round of par-or-better for Shephard.

Senior Henry Gee shot 2-over 74 on Thursday and is tied for 13th with a 6-over 222 entering the final round. Freshman Carson Whitton shot 77 in the third round and is tied for 51st with a 15-over 231 for the tournament.

Williams College's Sam Goldenring leads the field with a 3-under 213 through three rounds.

 

Coming Up: Huntingdon will play in the final round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship on Friday.