(WARREN, Ohio) – On moving day at the NCAA Division II National Championship, the No. 3 University of North Georgia men’s golf team did just that, charging up the leaderboard with the day’s second lowest team score and gaining six spots in the second round, moving into at tie for ninth place at Avalon Lakes Golf Course.
It was the Nighthawks’ day on the course on Tuesday, with four golfers finishing at even par or better, as Evan Thompson and Will Chambless made giant leaps on the leaderboard with Thompson moving up 40 places and Chambless moving up 30.
Chambless led UNG on the day, finishing with a score of four-under-par, tied for the second-best round of the tournament on the day, putting him in a tie for 18th with an overall score of one-under-par. He put on a show on the back nine, carding four birdies, including three in a row on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, adding to his two birdies on the front nine.
Thompson found his success in a different way, gaining strokes on the front nine, carding four straight birdies on holes three, four, five and six, adding two more on the back nine to finish at three-under-par to move into a tie for 31st-place.
Stephen Kinsel finished the day tied with Thompson, shooting even par after one birdie and one bogey on the front nine and two on the back nine. Noah Zediker and Hughes Threlkeld round out the lineup, with Zediker moving up 19 spots after an even par outing while Threlkeld finished at one-over-par to finish the second round in 47th, highlighting the day with an eagle on the 11th hole.
North Georgia will begin the third round tomorrow (May 24), looking to move into one of the top eight spots on the leaderboard to continue their season and advance to match play. The Nighthawks sit one stroke back of a three-way tie for sixth, with third-round tee times set for 11:10-11:54 a.m. The Nighthawks will be paired with Missouri S&T and Grand Valley State.