LEBANON, Tenn. – Adrian Steeger tied for the low round of the day with a one-under 71 while Nick Henderson shot a 73, helping Cumberland men’s golf remain in the lead overall on Tuesday at the Mid-South Conference Championships at Bowling Green Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Phoenix widened their margin from three strokes to 12 with a 298 team score in the second round thanks to four scores in the 70’s for the squad. Cumberland currently has five players in the Top 10 heading into Wednesday’s final round, with CU seeking its third consecutive conference tournament championship.
Starting on the back nine, Steeger netted two birdies and a bogey before making the turn. The Marnau am Staffelsee, Germany, native eagled No. 2 and recorded two bogeys on the front side, including one at No. 7. The freshman trails Lindsey Wilson’s Callum Blinkhorn by three strokes for the overall lead.
Henderson improved his score by eight shots and his standing by 18 places with a one-over 73 on Tuesday. The Cedar Hill, Tenn., native posted two bogeys on the back nine but collected a birdie at No. 18. The freshman added birdies on holes four and six before bogeys on two of the final three holes left him at 73, tied for 10th with a two-day score of 154.
Sophomore Bryson Smith, playing as an individual, also netted a one-over 73 on Tuesday. The Lafayette, Tenn., native collected 13 pars in the round, tallying a pair of bogeys on the back nine and two birdies with a bogey on the front side, putting him tied for seventh with a two-day score of 153.
Sophomore Reece Gaddes carded a second-round three-over 75 that included two birdies on each nine. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native recorded two bogeys to start his round but then played the final seven holes in one under with a bogey and two birdies. He made bogey on the first three holes on the front side before another birdie and shot one-under on the last six holes. He stands tied for 16th after 36 holes.
Junior Josh Wiseman recorded the final score in the 70’s for the Phoenix on Tuesday with a 79. The Mt. Juliet native registered 12 pars for the day, registering five bogeys. He made a double bogey at No. 9 to end the round, placing him tied for 10th along with Henderson at 154.
Senior Garrett Daniel shot a second-round 82 with only eight pars. The Linden, Tenn., native made two birdies, three bogeys and a double on the back nine. He posted a triple bogey at No. 2 and a double bogey on No. 5, derailing the round. He is tied for seventh along with Smith leading into Wednesday.
2. Adrian Steeger – 74-71=145
t7. Garrett Daniel – 71-82=153
t7. Bryson Smith – 80-73=153*
t10. Nick Henderson – 81-73=154
t10. Josh Wiseman – 75-79=154
t16. Reece Gaddes – 81-75=156
1. Cumberland University – 301-298=599
2. Campbellsville University – 304-307=611
3. Georgetown – 310-303=613
4. Lindsey Wilson – 308-306=614
5. University of the Cumberlands – 309-313=622
6. Shawnee State – 316-312=628
7. University of Pikeville – 329-323=652