DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – (Video Recap | Combination Results | Schedule) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament champion Faulkner (Ala.) holds a two-stroke lead through 36 holes at the 2014 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships. The 63rd annual event is being played out on the Jones Course at the LPGA International Golf Club.
Faulkner posted a second round 1-over-par 289 en route to a combined 1-under 575 (286-289) through 36 holes. The Eagles were led by the stellar play of Hrafin Gudlaugsson, who shot a 2-under 70 despite windy conditions and challenging hole locations. The Egilsstadir, Iceland, native carded a 71 in the first round and currently rests in second-place in the individual standings.
Other notable golfers for Faulkner include Daniel Jansen, who rests at 2-under (70-72—142) through two rounds, and Brandon Godwin, who owns a combined total of 145 (72-73).
One of the biggest stories of the day was Texas Wesleyan’s tremendous play. The Rams, who were the only team to record a score under par at 285 (-3) in the second round, came into the round tied for ninth. Texas Wesleyan propelled themselves to the No. 2 spot in the standings due in large part to the play of Jose Pablo Rolz and Calvin Clyde. Rolz set the 2014 championships single round low score with a 5-under-par 67. The native of Guatemala rebounded from a pair of bogies on the front nine with five birdies on the back. Rolz’s two-round total of 138 (71-68) gives him a three-stroke lead over second place Gudlaugsson.
Clyde was the only other Ram under par for the day, finishing with a 71 on the par-72 course.
Rounding out the top five are Coastal Georgia and two-time defending national champion Oklahoma City tied for third place at 581 and Johnson & Wales (Fla.) in fifth place at 582.
Individually, outside of Rolz and Gudlaugsson, Matt Morin of Johnson & Wales had a strong showing in the second round. Morin finished with a 4-under-par 68 to improve from 46th after the first round into a tie for third. He converted six birdies on the afternoon, including a string of four-straight on holes No. 9 – 12.
Overall, 12 golfers own a combined score of even par or better.
Third round action kicks off Thursday at 7 a.m. EDT with Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Bellevue (Neb.) teeing off on No. 10, while Cal State San Marcos, Midland (Neb.) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) open the front half at 7:30 a.m. Afternoon play starts at 12 p.m. on hole No. 1 with William Woods (Mo.), Concordia (Ore.) and Oklahoma Baptist. British Columbia, Tennessee Wesleyan and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) start the afternoon wave on hole No. 10 at 12:30 p.m.
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