CELEBRATION, Fla. - Devin O'Grady (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) remains fourth after the second round of the Northeast Conference (NEC) Men's Golf Championships to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's golf team to a fourth-place standing on Saturday.
After registering a one-over round of 73 on Friday, O'Grady posted an even round of 72 on Saturday to finish the second round with a score of 145 and in fourth place, four strokes behind the current leader. The freshman posted two birdies and an eagle in the first round and added four birdies in the second round. O'Grady's two-round score is tied for the best mark in program history at the championships while his 72 in round two is the fifth-best round.
As a team, the five Mountaineers competitors all posted scores of 80 or below to register a team score of 297 in the second round. It marks only the fifth time in program history the Mount has notched a total under 300 at the championships and the 297 is the third best in team history at the event. The two-round score of 602 keeps the Mount in the hunt of a Top-2 finish, trailing only Sacred Heart (582), Robert Morris (599) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (601) going into the final round. The two-round score of 602 is the second-best mark in program history at the NEC Championships.
Along with O'Grady's second round score of 72, freshman Tonny Aizpun (Barcelona, Spain/Lycee Francais De Barcelone) posted a 74, Kevin Ellison (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) registered a 75, Dan Michalek (Mount Airy, Md./Mount St. Joseph) had a 76 to count toward the team score of 297. Ray Hyre (Bowie, Md./Bowie) rounded out the five competitors with an 80 on the second day.
Michalek (18th place, 153), Hyre (20th place, 154), Aizpun (24th place, 155) and Ellison (32nd place, 157) remain in the hunt for a chance to earn All-Tournament honors or a flag. The Top-10 finishers are named to the All-Tournament team and the Top-18 receives the corresponding flag to the individual finish. Currently, the 10th spot has carded a 148 through two rounds and 153 is the mark for the Top-18. Brad Gerick is the last Mount golfer to post a Top-10 finish in 2009.
Sacred Heart continues to lead the three-day event with a score of 582, 17 strokes ahead of Robert Morris (599) while Saint Francis (Pa.) (601), the Mount (602), Monmouth (609), Long Island (609), Central Connecticut State (611), Fairleigh Dickinson (622), Wagner (632) and St. Francis (N.Y.) (681) round out the 10-team field.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Sunday for the final round of the NEC Men's Golf Championships. The Mount will tee off of the first green starting with Ellison at 7:30 and the freshman will be followed by Aizpun (7:40 a.m.), Hyre (7:50 a.m.), Michalek (8 a.m.) and O'Grady (8:10 a.m.).