Littlestown, Pa. (April 15, 2013) – After the first two rounds of the Mount St. Mary's Invitational at Quail Valley Golf Course on Monday, the Mount men's golf team is in fourth place in the competitive field of 12 teams with 601 strokes highlighted by Eric Flockhart's career-best round of 70.
Flockhart tied his career-best with a 75 (+3) then followed up with a 70 (-2) in round No. 2 to move into a tie for seventh place at 145. The freshman from Ontario, Canada picked up six birdies on the day, including five in his second round. His score of 70 is the third-best round completed by a Mount player this season.
As a team, the Mount was in ninth place after the first 18 holes but dropped a collective 13 strokes from 307 to 294 to jump up the leaderboard.
The second-best first day score for the Mount came courtesy of freshman Mike Shine and his back-to-back rounds of 75 (+3). Shine birdied the par-3 third and sixth holes his first time around, then added another birdie on the par-3 13th on his second 18. Shine, whose previous collegiate best round was 76, is in a four-way tie for 19th place with a two-round total of 150.
Mount senior Andrew Lawton shot a 79 (+7) to begin the day and bounced back in a big way with three birdies in round two en route to a 73 (+1) to tie for 24th. His birdies were on the first, ninth and 13th holes.
The Mount's fourth finisher, Michael Pansini, also turned up his play in round two with three birdies, including back-to-back threes on the par-4 10th and 11th holes. With 161 strokes, Pansini is tied for 48th place individually. In fifth for the Mount, Zach O'Grady fired a first-round 78 (+6) and is currently in a tie for 54th.
Binghamton, which tied the event's two-round record of 575 set by Longwood in 2008, has a six-stroke lead over Bowling Green for first place. The Bearcat's 284 in round two was the best single round in the event's seven-year history at Quail Valley. Jesse Perkins and Jack Sedgewick carded identical scores of 142 to lead the Bearcats and sit in a tie for third individually.
Bowling Green's Wes Gate leads the field with a score of 138 through two rounds. Gate and Iona's Andrew Graham fired 67 (-5) in the first round, which is tied for the second best scores in the Invitational's history.
Tomorrow's final round will begin at 8:00 a.m.