Golf: Panthers recover from slow start to tie for fifth after second round of NCAA tournament

Golf: Panthers recover from slow start to tie for fifth after second round of NCAA tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Following a similar script, the LaGrange golf team is tied for fifth after the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship. The Panthers shot a team score of 298 over the Grandover Resort East Course.

The Panthers have a two-day total of 590 and are tied with Wittenberg. Redlands leads the tournament with a 581 total; followed by Berry, Methodist and Illinois Wesleyan.

"We once again got off to an horrendous start and dug ourselves into a hole," said Coach Lee Richter. "I give the guys credit for fighting back and finishing strong.

"We have not played very well and our best golf is still ahead of us."

Freshman Eric Havixbeck led the Panthers with an even par round of 72, bouncing back from a first round 80. Havixbeck birdied two of his final four holes to move up a whopping 83 spots in the individual standings. 

Sophomore Osborn Theam started his round with a triple bogey and back-to-back bogeys. He then recorded two birdies over the next four holes. Theam finished his first nine holes with an eagle on the par 5 18th hole. He reeled off eight straight pars before a bogey on his final hole for a two-over par 74.

Senior Cory Howard and sophomore Logan Lanier each recorded 76s. Howard birdied two of his final holes to help recover from a bogey-triple bogey start to his round. Lanier was even par on his final nine holes after back-to-back double bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes of his round.

Freshman Ryan Najim was five-over par after his first nine holes. He also birdied two of his final four holes to finish with a 77.

"We have got to stay away from the big numbers like the double and triple bogeys," Richter said. "This course does not give away very many birdies."