Duke Holds One-Stroke Lead After the Second Round of the 2008 ACC Men's Golf Championship
April 19, 2008
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Duke improved its round by a stroke on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Florida State through the second round of the 2008 ACC Men's Golf Championship being played at the Old North State Club at Uwharrrie Point. The Blue Devils are 19-under par (557), just ahead of the Seminoles who are at 18-under par.
NC State and Wake Forest each bettered its team score by three strokes to tie for third place at 11-under. North Carolina and Clemson are tied for fifth at nine-under.
Wake Forest's Webb Simpson matched his previous round with another 68, to pace all players at eight-under (136). FSU's Matthew Savage trails him by just one stroke. In all, 29 individuals are under par for the tournament.
Seven players shot the day's best round of 68, including Boston College's Bob Reed and Virginia Tech's Drew Weaver who each improved on his individual score by seven strokes. Paced by Reed, the Eagles improved their round by 16 strokes for a team-best round in the ACC Championship (287).
Weaver's round helped the Hokies improve their team score by eight strokes to finish seventh at six-under. Georgia Tech dropped to eighth at four-under despite improving its round score by two strokes. Virginia took seven strokes off its round to finish ninth at five-over par. Boston College is 10th and Maryland is 11th.
Adam Long improved his score by five strokes to help ignite the Blue Devils after a slow start. "We wanted to get off to a fast start to day, but we did not do that," explained Duke head coach O.D. Vincent. "We did not play well on the first hole, but improved after that. Then we had an injury to one of our players, Matthew Pierce, (on the third hole). He showed a lot of heart and courage to get through his round. We really played with four players after that knowing (that his score would not count). Everyone hung in and finished strong."
With the competitive field and favorable course conditions, Vincent sees Sunday's final round coming down to the wire. "Tomorrow should be really, really close and come down to play on the 18th hole. "
The 54-hole event concludes on Sunday at the Old North State Club which features a par 72, 7,102-yard layout. Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. and the public is invited to come out and watch some of the best teams in college golf. Saturday and Sunday rounds are being featured on ACC Select beginning at 1:30 p.m.