PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Rutgers men’s golf is tenth with a 627 (310-317) team total after the opening two rounds of the American Athletic Conference Championship, played Sunday and Monday on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Beach Resort and Golf Club.
Sophomore Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) has paced the Scarlet Knights through the initial 36 holes, carding a 150 (76-74) to enter Tuesday’s final round tied for 28th in the 50-player field. He is plus three in par four scoring.
Freshman Michael Howe (Temecula, Calif.) has supplemented Chang’s performance on the par-71, 7,125-yard course. He shot 158 (77-81) and is tied for 42nd. Howe is plus one in par three scoring.
Seniors Doug Walters (Blairstown, N.J.) and Jonathan Renza (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and sophomore Louis Bodine (Flemington, N.J.) comprise the rest of RU’s competing five at the highly-competitive event. Walters is tied for 44th with a 159 (78-81), Bodine is 47th with 162 (81-81) and Renza is 48th with a 163 (79-84).
No. 7-ranked and top-seeded UCF leads the tournament with a four-over par 572 (283-289). The Knights, who have a one shot edge over No. 31 SMU (287-286=573), have three players among the top six competitors. No. 9 Houston is third with a 578 (292-286).
SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau is atop the individual leaderboard with a four-under par 138 (70-68).
The American Men's Golf Championship concludes with an additional 18 holes on Tuesday. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.