JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Guilford College's men's golf team got three sub-par second rounds to climb four spots into second place after 36 holes of the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational Saturday. The Quakers trail leader Methodist University by five shots entering Sunday's third and final round.
The Quakers, ranked 14th in the current Golfstat.com NCAA Division III Head-to-Head Rankings, started the day in sixth place among 30 teams and shot the day's second-lowest team score (286) behind red numbers from Josh Hill, Louis Lambert, and tournament leader James Mishoe. Senior Harrison Frye delivered the Quakers' fourth score with a four-over 76 on the par-72, 6,700-yard Jekyll Island Club/Pine Lakes layout.
Mishoe retained his one-stroke lead in the 150-man field with a hard-earned two-under 70. After opening his round with bogeys on holes 10 and 11, he got back under with three straight birdies. He faltered at the turn with a bogey on 17 and a triple-bogey eight on 18. Mishoe bounced back with a five-under 31 on the last nine holes and finished the round with eight birdies. With a 36-hole 137, he enters Sunday's final round with a one-stroke edge over Kenyon College's Lawrence Courtney (69-69) and Southwestern University's Cade Osgood (68-70).
Lambert had Guilford's low round Saturday with a three-under 69, matching a career low in his very short college career. His round was fourth-lowest in the field Saturday.
An eagle three on 18 helped Hill shoot a one-under 71.
Aided by a tournament-low 65 by Aaron Purviance and two even-par rounds, fifth-ranked Methodist delivered Saturday's low team score (282) and climbed four spots into the lead with a 36-hole 575 (-1). Emory University (294-288-582), Southwestern (291-292-583), and Kenyon (290-294-584) round out the top-five teams entering Sunday's final round.
The 54-hole tournament features 13 of the top-20 teams in the Golfstat.com rankings, including four of the top-five squads.