NWU golfers move up leaderboard on Day 2 of NCAA III tourney

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tyler Lawson

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Every one of the Nebraska Wesleyan University golfers improved their score from day one as the Prairie Wolves moved up five spots to 15th place at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga.

NWU shot a day 2 team score of 305 after firing a 320 on Day 1.

The Prairie Wolves now are just four strokes out of 11th place, and 10 strokes from cracking the top 10.

Day 2 was also the cut day at the tournament with just the top 23 teams making the cut for the final two rounds.

St. John Fisher College is in first place score of 596 (+28).

Senior Tyler Lawson (McCook) continues to lead the NWU golfers. Lawson shot a 75 after getting birdies on three out of the last four holes. He has a two-day total of 151 (+9) to sit in a tie for 22nd place.

Sophomore Nate Jaeger (Lexington) also shot a 75 on Wednesday.

Jaeger was just 2-over par until he bogeyed the final two holes of the round. He is two shots behind Lawson 153 (+11).

The biggest improvement for NWU was freshman Patrick Hanzel (Lincoln). Hanzel had a nine stroke improvement from his first round.

He shot a 2-over 73 on Wednesday after firing an 82 on Tuesday. He now is two shots behind Jaeger 155 (+13) and is in a tie for 50th place.

Freshman Geoff Oliphant (Billings, Mont.) improved two strokes round of 82 while sophomore Phil Hranac (Kearney) shaved one stroke off his day one total with an 83.

Oliphant is currently in a tie for 127th place total of 166 (+24) while Hranac is in a tie at 133rd score of 167 (+25).

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