NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – While they didn't make the cut, the Johnson & Wales University men's golf team made a dramatic improvement from day one to day two of the NCAA Division III men's golf championships. The Wildcats moved up six spots to take 35th with a two-day total of 650.
No team improved more from the first round to the second than the Wildcats as they shaved 28 strokes off their Tuesday score for a 311 on the second 18 holes. Illinois Wesleyan continues to hold the team lead with a 36-hole score of 578.
For the second year in a row, sophomore Claudio Soukamneuth just missed the cut for the individual championship. He posted back-to-back rounds of 76 for a 152 that tied for 45th and was just three strokes off the cut.
Fellow sophomore Hunter DiLorenzo was three strokes better on Tuesday, turning in a 79 for a two-day total of 161. Firing the second-lowest round of the day was Mac Patch as he finished with a 168 (90-78). The best improvement came from junior Alex Parente who carved 13 strokes for a 169 (91-78). Knocking off eight strokes was Ryan Malloy for a 36-hole score of 180 (94-86).
JWU should be poised for another trip to the NCAA Championships in 2020 as head coach Lou Parente does not have a senior on his roster.