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Eastern Florida Golfers Rally to Eighth Place on Tournament's Second Day
May 14, 2014 - Eastern Florida's golf team made up 26 strokes on Wednesday to vault into the top 10 of the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament in Burlington, Iowa.
Eastern Florida's five golfers shot 298 on Wednesday to combine with Tuesday's opening-round 324 for a 36-hole total of 622 to sit in eighth place with two rounds to go.
"Today was a good turn around for the guys and now we need to keep playing well and get some help from the teams in front of us," said Eastern Florida head coach Jamie Howell.
"Right now we are only six shots out of fifth and if we can get a little early momentum in the third round we could move into the top five.
"Brad Gray had a solid round of 73 today and Drew Cooke let a good round get away from him as he was four under par after five holes before finishing with 74. Nick Maynard (75) and Kyle Benson (76) both hung in there and Arthur Leonaard (77) made positive ground up today.
"The weather was same as yesterday, the high was approximately 54 and the winds were 10 - 20 mph with not an inkling of sun shining. Tomorrow is to be more of the same with temps in the 40s in the AM and a high in the 50s."
Indian Hills Community College leads the field at 593. Zac Oliver of Paris Junior College is the individual leader at 143.
Benson, Cooke and Maynard are tied for 29th at 155. Gray is tied for 46th at 157. Leonard is tied for 70th at 162.
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