PENFIELD, N.Y. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team retained its first place position after the third day of the NCAA Championships with a score of 303 on the Midvale course. The Stags had their highest scoring of the tournament so far but still produced a round worthy of the No. 1 spot at +28. CMS' closest competitor is Otterbein who jumped up four places in the third round, coming in at 6-over for +35 overall. Just five strokes separate positions two through seven while CMS holds the seven stroke lead on Otterbein.
The two low scorers for the Stags sit at third and fourth places in the individual competition. Senior Kethan Reddy (CMC) relinquished his lead of the field to Stephen Colodny from Franklin & Marshall and Evan Cox from Virginia Wesleyan who are tied at 4-over in the tournament. Reddy sits just behind them at 5-over after a 77 from today. He started off the round with a pair of birdies but then was plagued by handful of bogeys in the back nine to finish at +5 on the day.
Freshman Alex Wrenn (CMC) is right on Reddy's heels at +6 overall. His 75 today was one stroke better than yesterday's round and bumped him up five places in the rankings. The freshman played a consistent round and finished up with a birdie on 17.
Sophomore Jonathan Shaw (CMC) recorded the second eagle of the week for CMS on the longest par five on the course at 544 yards. Shaw came in at 6-over on the day and good for a tie of 19th place but only five shots off the leader.
After an 80 on the first round, sophomore Johnny Brandt (CMC) has improved on the leaderboard every day and posted his second 75 in a row. His front nine consisted of par after par – six in a row, in fact – and then he scored three birdies on the back nine.
Sophomore Matt Shuman (CMC) rounds out the Stags' lineup with another score in the mid-70s. Only three strokes separated all five of the CMS athletes. Shuman seemed to find his groove and recorded his fourth birdie of the tournament on the short par four, hole No. seven. Shuman's 76 puts him at a tie for 52nd in the field of 81, up 25 spots from the previous day.
CMS ranks second in tournament with 156 pars over the three days.
In the final round of the NCAA Championships, the Stags tee off on May 13, starting at 9:20 a.m. EDT. They will be paired up with Otterbein and the defending national chapions in Methodist for the final round. Follow @AthleticsCMS for updates in case of any changes due to inclement weather.
By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director
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