After the first two rounds of play today in the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C., the Penn State golfers are struggling in fourteenth place of the sixteen teams competing.
The Nittany Lions’ overall score is 599, good for 31-over-par. At 28 strokes behind tournament leader No. 39 Memphis, a comeback is nearly impossible for the Lions with only one round of holes being played tomorrow.
The best player thus far for the Lions has been senior Tommy McDonagh at +5. He stands tied for 26th among the individual golfers playing.
After McDonagh, the rest of the team has had struggles: sophomore Shane Stewart (+8), juniors Ernie Marin (+10) and Anthony DeGol (+14) and freshman Xander McDonald-Smith (+15) are all in the bottom half of the leaderboard.
The team had much higher expectations than this, as McDonagh and DeGol said yesterday that they expected to win. McDonagh said that the long length of the Loonie Poole Course suited the team well because they’re good hitters off the tee.
On Tuesday, the team will play the final round of the tournament.