After trailing the defending national champ Monday by 10 and 12 strokes, respectively, Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Redlands made their charge on Tuesday at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships being played at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
Seniors Nick Obie (67) and Trevor Young (68) led Redlands to the best score of the day at 286 and moved the Bulldogs into second place on the team leader board, a position where they have finished each of the last two years. Obie is currently second individually at 144.
The host Prairie Wolves shot 289 to draw within three strokes of Guilford, the defending national champions, who still cling to a two-shot lead heading into Wednesday’s third round. NWU had three golfers at 72 or better on Tuesday: Tyler Lawson (70), Aaron Stockton (71) and Travis Davis (72).
Both teams started hot on Tuesday. In fact, the Bulldogs were -12 early in the second round, but faded on their final five holes putting Guilford back in the lead. The three teams will tee off together on Wednesday starting at 7:30 a.m. (CST).
At 296, Guilford also shot better than their opening round 299, but the Quakers still saw their lead shrink on Tuesday. Methodist College shot 300 and fell from second to fifth, while Oglethorpe University shot 293 and dropped one spot to fourth. Just eight strokes separate the top five teams.
The individual leader is Oglethorpe’s Danny Swanick, who shot a 68 on Tuesday and is +1 for the tournament (143). First-round leader Nathan Logan from the University of La Verne carded a 79 and fell into a tie for 23rd at +9 (151) with Guilford’s Colin Clark, the defending individual champion, and seven other players.
Tuesday’s weather was near perfect, with highs in the 70s and not much wind. Temps are expected to top out in the low to mid-60s in Lincoln on Wednesday with 15-20 mph winds and an increasing chance for rain as the day goes along.