Freshman Drew Taylor shot a 2-under par 70 to move into a tie for second overall after two rounds at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships, but his teammates won't be playing alongside him the final two rounds as Nebraska Wesleyan came up just short in making the cut.
The Prairie Wolves improved their team score by one stroke on the second day of competition, but finished in 19th place overall with a total of 609 (305-304), to fall seven strokes of the top 15 teams that make the cut for the final two days.
It marks the second straight season since the new NCAA III Championships format that the Prairie Wolves have fallen just short of making the cut.
Taylor however will play as an individual for the final two days and is right in contention at the top of the leaderboard. After an even par 72 on Tuesday (May 15) Taylor was tied for ninth overall. He came back on Wednesday (May 16) and shot a round of 70 to sit in a three-way tied for second place. Taylor (Omaha, Neb.) is 2-under par for the tournament, three behind the overall leader Anthony Maccaglia from Oglethorpe who is 5-under par. Oglethorpe is also the team leader as they are just +1 as a team with a two day total of 577, which is 14 strokes ahead of second place.
"I kind of figured things out earlier in the week with my swing," Taylor said. "I felt like coming in that if I could shoot around par the first two days I might have a chance. The goal was for the team to make the cut, but if we didn't I wanted to at least shoot two good rounds and play on Thursday and Friday."
Taylor will tee off at 9:20 on Thursday at Mission Hills Resort on the El Campeon Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The Championships conclude on Friday.