Men's Golf Remains Tied for Second After Two Rounds of the Atlantic Sun Championships

April 19, 2005


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Freshman Ben Leong fired a career-low 6-under-par 65 Tuesday and moved into a tie for third in the individual standings while UCF remained in a tie for second through two rounds of the Atlantic Sun Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. A-Sun newcomer North Florida, which began the day tied with UCF, shot the low round of the day with a 3-under-par 281 and moved into the lead by two shots. A total of six teams are within seven shots of the lead heading into Wednesday's final round with an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Golf Championships on the line.

The Golden Knights carded a 1-under-par 283 and held on to its position, while first-round leader Campbell dropped into fifth place after shooting 5-over-par Tuesday. Georgia State, which also shot 281 Tuesday, is tied with UCF at 6-under-par 562 through 36 holes.

Leong, who established a new career low Monday with a 1-under-par 70, rolled in a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole Tuesday to go along with six birdies and two bogeys en route to his best round for the Black and Gold. He is tied with Georgia State's Ben Taylor at 7-under-par for the championship, three shots behind Jacksonville's Duncan Stewart, who also carded a 6-under-par 65 Tuesday.

"Ben played very well and kind of carried the team today, while Andreas hung in there and Giwon played well the last couple holes," UCF coach Nick Clinard said. "Ben's got that in him and can do it every day as long as he believes he can. I'm very proud of him."

First-round leader Miguel Ordonez of North Florida followed up Monday's 64 with a 1-under-par 70 and is alone in second place at 8-under-par.

UCF Senior Andreas Hoegberg shot 70 Tuesday and is in sixth place at 4-under-par, followed closely by a trio of golfers at 3-under-par, including UCF freshman Giwon Suh, who followed up Monday's career-best 67 with a 1-over-par 72.

UCF junior Sonny Nimkhum and freshman Preston Brown shot 76 and 77, respectively and are tied for 42nd and 49th.