Oct 03, 2016
- Lonnie Poole Golf Course - Raleigh, N.C.
- Par 71 course (7,358 yards)
- First-Second Rounds: Monday, Oct. 3
- Third Round: Tuesday, Oct. 4
- The Field: 17 teams, 90 golfers
- Weather: 80 degrees, sunny
- After two rounds of play, Rhode Island sits in fifth place, even at 568 (287-281).
- East Carolina leads the field through the first 36 holes, combining for an 18-under 550. Also ahead of URI is Kennesaw State (-13), Augusta (-5) and NC State (-2).
- Once spot behind the Rams, in sixth place, is Campbell with a 569 (+1). UNCG (+4), Maryland (+5), Georgia Southern (+6) and Wofford (+10) round out the top-10.
- Grad student Chris Houston and sophomore Dawson Jones are tied for fifth place through the first two rounds, sitting three under at 139. Houston opened with a 72 and went -4 the second time through. Jones was even in the first round and carded a 3-under 68 later in the afternoon.
- Senior Billy Walthouse is also under-par after two rounds of play, recording a 73 in the first round and bouncing back with a second-round 68.
- Freshman Blake DiPaola will enter Tuesday's final round tied for 60th overall. He carded a 71 the first time through, but shot 78 in the second round to end the day +7 (149).
- Redshirt freshman Jason Short went 74-79=153 to sit in a three-way tie for 72nd place after the first two rounds.
Head Coach Gregg Burke's Take
- Obviously we are pleased to be even par, but we are disappointed at how we got there.
- We have two players in the top-5 of a major golf tournament and a third who is one under, so we should be higher in the standings.
- Billy, Chris and Dawson were 10 under in the afternoon round, which shows clearly how good they are nationally.
- Blake going even par in his first-ever round as a scoring member of the team was truly impressive.
- But when you play two freshmen, you need to accept that there is a learning curve.
- Tomorrow is an important day for us as a team
The Rams return to NC State's Lonnie Poole Golf Course to close out play at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate on Tuesday morning.