Oct. 15, 2012
ELYRIA, Ohio - The Grand Valley State men's golf team turned in one of the better rounds of the day in round two of the 2012 GLIAC Championship at Elyria Country Club on Monday (Oct. 15), carding a second-round 291, the third-lowest round of the day.
Junior Joel Siegel (Sparta, Mich.) continued his spectacular tournament, turning in a second-round 70 (-2) and sits at 143 (-1) total for the tournament and in a tie for second place.
Sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) also carded a 70 (-2) on Monday to go along with his first round 76 (+4) to finish day two at 146 (+2) and in a tie for sixth on the individual leaderboard.
The biggest reason for the Lakers' improvement on day two was the much-improved round of their top golfer, junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.). Cunningham struggled to a first round 84 but rebounded on Monday with a 73 (+1) and is now at 157 (+13) for the tournament.
Freshmen Tyler Polulak (DeWitt, Mich.) and Chris Beltzer (Haslett, Mich.) both improved their first round scores as well, as Polulak shot a 79 (+7) in the second round and sits at 159 (+15), while Beltzer carded a 78 (+6) on day two and is at 160 (+16) for the tournament.
11 of the 12 schools in the tournament saw improved team scores in the second round on Monday, with the Lakers carding the third-best score of the day with a 291. Paired with the first round 311, GVSU now sits in a tie for fifth with a 602 (+26) total.
Tiffin leads the tournament with a 591 (+15), followed by Ferris State (594, +18), Ashland (598, +22), Saginaw Valley State (601, +25) and the pair of GVSU and Ashland each at 602 (+26).
Malone's Jon Clark continues to lead the individual standings with a 140 (-4) through two rounds. Siegel is tied with Northwood's Matt Benson for second at 143 (-1).
GVSU will tee off on the final round of the 2012 GLIAC Championship at 9 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 16) at Elyria Country Club. The Lakers will hope to make one more push to defend their conference title.