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Eagles Have Solid Second Day at Championship

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Buoyed by a hot stretch in middle of the round, at which point they were beating the #15 ranked team for the day, the Bridgewater men's golf team shot 309 to improve by six strokes from the first round and hold fifth spot in the ODAC Championship.

Ronald Uszenski birdied #6 to go -2 for the round and it seemed to trigger a run of birdies. It started a stretch where the team was cumulative -4, including six birdies and an eagle. Uszenski made the turn at even-par, but drove the green on the short par-4 #10 and dropped a three-foot eagle putt to get back to -2. He dropped four shots in the toughest stretch of the course, #13-#16, but held on the shoot 76, tied for 13th.

Jason Spaar continued his strong spring-season play and finds himself in a tie for ninth after the second round at Bryan Park. He shot 74 (+2) and was -1 during the team's hot stretch in the middle of the round.

"I think Jason struck the ball a little better today than yesterday," said head coach John Rogers. "But mainly he is scrambling very well, including a pair of nice putts on his final two holes to get in the house with a very good score." Spaar finished with three birdies on the day.

Eugene Dillon also continued his steady play and was -2 during the stretch from #6-#11 when the team caught fire. He gave up three shots on the final two holes but shot 79 and is tied for 23rd.

Brendan Draughn turned in 38 strokes and was even during the 'hot stretch' but had three double bogeys on the challenging back nine. "Brendan had a very nice round going today and really just had a couple stray tee shots that cost him," said Rogers. "But he continues to work hard on his game and he will post some great scores for the Eagles in the future."

Seth Smallwood was also even during the holes in the middle of the round, but gave up five shots in the final six holes to post 81.

#6 Guilford holds a five-shot lead over #10 Washington & Lee for the team lead. In the middle of the round, the Eagles closed to within five strokes of #15 Hampden-Sydney, who they were playing with.

"It was fun to watch a bunch of birdies in the middle of the round and how the guys were sneaking up on the nationally-ranked teams," said Rogers. "That was one of the best stretches of Bridgewater golf I have seen and hopefully it will give the guys some momentum going into the final round,"

The Eagles hit the course at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for their final round.