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Nicholls Paces WVU at MSA Intercollegiate

  • By Ashley Bailey
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  • February 20, 2017 08:29 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – Led by Tristan Nicholls, the West Virginia University men’s golf team sits in 11th place after two rounds of action at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate in Mobile, Alabama, on Tuesday.
 
The Mountaineers shot 292-295=587 to finish 11 over par on the Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course. Host South Alabama is in first at 11 under par with a two-round score of 565. Louisville is second with a score of 567 at nine under par, while Mississippi State is third at five under par with a 571.
 
“Our guys are disappointed in how they played today,” coach Sean Covich said. “I thought Tristan (Nicholls) stayed true to his game plan all day. He’s continuing to improve which is nice to see. Hopefully some of the guys step up tomorrow and help us climb the leaderboard.”
 
Nicholls led the squad at one over par, shooting 72-73=145. He registered two bogeys and a birdie across 36 holes and is tied for 25th place.
 
Chris Williams was a stroke back, shooting two over par. He carded eight birdies on his way to a two-round score of 74-72=146, tying for 35th place.
 
Max Sear shot three over par in the first round with a 75, and went on to improve by one stroke in the second with a 74. He finished with a total score 149 for five over par. Sear sits in a tie for 46th place.
 
Alan Cooke is a stroke back from Sear and in a tie for 51st place. He shot one under in the first round, but struggled in the second and shot a 79 to end the day six over with a score of 150.
 
Etienne Papineau rounds out the group with a score of 79-76=155. He’s 11 over and tied for 65th place.
 
In the USA Individual Tournament, Jon Ransone shot 74-81=155 to end the day 13 over par and T-24th overall. Avery Schneider and Drew Dewald are tied for 27th with scores of 156 at 14 over par. Schneider shot 82-74, while Dewald carded scores of 77-79.
 
The Mountaineers tee off at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday for the final round of play. They will be paired with Western Kentucky and Louisiana. 

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