ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.- LaGrange maintained its lead at the USA South Golf Tournament after Saturday's second round at the Benvenue Country Club.
With better weather conditions, the Panthers had a team round score of 297, improving 15 shots from Friday's first round.
The Panthers' 609 total leads defending champion Methodist by five shots heading into Sunday's final round. The Monarchs were the only team to gain ground on the Panthers, edging them by one shot for the team low round of the day, in moving up from fourth to second in the standings.
Greensboro and Huntingdon started the day one and two shots back of the Panthers. Greensboro slipped to third with a 624 total and Huntingdon is a stroke back at 625.
Junior Cory Howard sits atop the individual standings after shooting a one-under par 71, the only sub-par round in the tournament. Howard made the turn at one-over for the day, but shot a 34 on the back nine.
Howard and Huntingdon's Rodes Bowers were tied for the lead heading into the final two holes. Bowers had a par on 17, while Howard had a bogey to fall a stroke back.
But on the par 4 18th hole, Bowers took a quadruple bogey 8 as Howard birdied the hole. The five-shot swing gave Howard a one-shot lead over N.C. Wesleyan's Chris Freeman. Bowers slipped to a tie for seventh and is one of 11 golfers within five shots of Howard.