PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – North Carolina A&T remained in eighth place after the second day of men’s golf played at the PGA Works Collegiate Championships on the par-70, 6,591-yard Union League Golf Club at Torresdale golf course on Tuesday.
The Aggies shot a second-day 30-over 310 for a two-round score of 46-over 614. Arkansas-Pine Bluff made a second-round surge, moving up three spots to lead the tournament at 24-over 592. Howard University is three strokes off the lead at 27-over 595. Chicago State and Florida A&M are in a third-place tie at 28-over 596.
On Monday, the scores totaled came from the par-72, 7,157-yard Union League Liberty Hill course.
On Tuesday, senior Diego Gonzalez led the Aggies with five birdies on his card. Sophomore Martin Gutierrez carded three birdies.
The Day 1 leader, Howard’s Gregory Odom Jr., still holds the lead after the second round 2-under 140. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Patrick Mwendapole (1-over, 143) and Howard’s Everett Whitten Jr. (2-over, 144) round out the top-3.
Gonzalez is in a three-tie for 13th place after posting 6-over 76 for a two-round total of 7-over 149. Starting on the par-4, 343-yard first, Gonzalez parred the hole before scoring with a birdie on the 390-yard par-4 second. He moved back to even par with a bogey on four. But again battled back with a birdie on the 340-yard par-4 fifth.
After two more bogeys, Gonzalez finished the front nine at 1-over. A double and a bogey on the first two back nine holes increased his score to 4-over. He then birdied the next two holes, 332-yard, par-4 12th and par-5, 562-yard 13th, as he lowered his score back to 2-over.
Gonzalez bogeyed 14, 16 and 17 and double-bogeyed on 18, but he did salvage the back nine with a birdie on the 301-yard, par-4 15th.
Senior Xavier Williams moved up six spots from Monday and now finds himself in a six-way tie for 24th place. Even though he did not have any birdies on the day, he did card 11 pars as he finished the round with an 8-over 78. He is 13-over for the tournament.
Senior Diego Sanchez also went without a birdie, but he still moved up five spots to finish in a six-way tie for 30th. He had a second-round 77 and has totaled a 14-over 156 for the tournament. Sophomore Anthony Ford Jr. was 12-over on the day and is 15-over for the tournament.
On Wednesday, the final round of the tournament and the 2021-22 season for A&T starts at 8 a.m.