SNU third heading into final round of GAC Championship

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A day after shooting a GAC Championship record 289, windy conditions helped Southern Nazarene fall back a bit with a 304 and put SNU in third place at the GAC Men’s Golf Championship.

"We really struggled early today," said SNU coach Derrick Taylor. "A couple of holes got us. It was hard to battle back after we got behind. We fought through it and are still in reach of our goal. We are not that far back to make a move and push teams. We have to go out and put up a good number. If we can finish where we want we can extend our postseason hopefully."

The Crimson Storm are 15 strokes back of Henderson State who set the broke the day-old record with a 287 and has two players tied for second and two more tied for 13th. The Reddies hold a 578 through two rounds and are eight shots up on Arkansas Tech who is at 586. The Golden Suns have the individual leader in Brian Belz who is at 141.

The Storm are at 593 and have two players in the top 15. Cristian Valderrama shot a 74 to bring him to 146 and into a tie for seventh. Michael Hearne has the lowest round of the day for SNU with a 73 and he is just one back of Valderrama at 147 in a tie for 11th. Dylan Igo, who fired a 70 the day before, posted an 81 in the second round and is in a tie for 20th at 151. Luke Coppedge is a shot back of Igo in a tie for 24th at 152. Dalton Rhoden recorded his second straight 78 and is in a tie for 40th at 156.

"Cristian got up and down a lot well," said Taylor. "It was a good round even though he didn’t strike it well. He continued to battle and hang in there."

The final round will be played Tuesday morning.

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