Nicholasville, Ky. – The No. 2 Emory University Eagles lead a pack of 17 teams after two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Preview Tournament at the Keene Trace Golf Club Champions course on Monday.
As one of 14 teams ranked in the top 20 of the Bushnell/Golfweek NCAA Division III Top 25 coaches poll competing at the site of the upcoming NCAA Division III National Championships next May, the Eagles carded a round-one low score of 300, followed by a round-two low of 277 for a total score of 577, good for one-under-par after 36 holes of play.
The Eagles finished the day 16 strokes ahead of No. 11 Wittenberg University and No. 24 Carnegie Mellon University, who each turned in two-round scores of 593, good for 17-over-par as they enter Tuesday's third and final round in a tie for second place on the team leaderboard.
No. 3 Huntingdon College improved upon its round one morning score by 14 strokes, shooting a 304-290-594 to end the day one stroke back of Wittenberg and Carnegie Mellon for fourth place. Washington & Lee University rounded out the top five after day one, carding a 314-286-600 for 24-over-par.
First place Emory was led by Matt Organisak, who carded a 72-71-143 for a one-under-par total and a tie for third on the individual leaderboard. Emory's Connor Yakubov shot a 76-67-143 to join Organisak in a three-way tie along with Carnegie Mellon University's Jason Li.
After 36 holes of play, the individual leader is Ohio Wesleyan University's Shane Hoben, whose day was highlighted by a round-two 66, good for six-under-par. His two-round total of 140 places him four-under-par with 18 holes left. Washington & Lee's Brian Peccie is in second place and one stroke back of Hoben on the individual leaderboard after shooting a 74-67-141.
Four of Emory's golfers finished in the top 11 after Monday's challenging first round which was contested under steady rain before the skies broke in the late afternoon and saw second-round scores improve across the board. Organisak, Yakubov, Eric Yiu, and Sam Galloway all finished in the top 11 for the Eagles.
The Transylvania University Pioneers, host of the NCAA Preview tournament along with next May's National Championships, sit in 17th place after Monday's two-round marathon. Senior Jack Berger tallied the low score of the host team, shooting a 79-77-156 for 12-over-par, good for a share of 51st place out of 90 golfers.
Of the 18 teams competing in this year's NCAA Preview, 13 teams qualified for and competed in the 2018 NCAA National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina this past spring. This week's tournament offers potential championship teams a first glance at the upcoming championship site at Keene Trace, a course which hosted the PGA's Barbasol Championship last July.
The third round of the NCAA Preview is set to tee-off on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Champions course. Transylvania is preparing to host the NCAA National Championships for the first time in school history on May 14-17, 2019.