McCormick, St. John's continue to lead Big East golf championship

sports@islandpacket.comApril 29, 2014 

BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf

St. John's golfer Ryan McCormick watches his shot Monday during the second round of the Big East Men's Golf Championship at Callawassie Island in Okatie, South Carolina. McCormick is the individual leader.

STEPHEN B. MORTON — Big East

With 36 windy holes of the Big East Men's Golf Championship in the books, St. John's extended its lead on the nine-team field to 10 strokes after recording a 295 on Monday at Callawassie Island in Okatie.

The Red Storm's Ryan McCormick and Ben Ludlam are one-two on the leaderboard heading into Tuesday's final round.

McCormick, a senior, matched his score from Sunday with a 71 in the second round, talliying two birdies and an eagle to hold onto a three-stroke lead over his teammate Ludlam (145).

"I thought I played pretty solid," McCormick said after Monday's round. "I hit the ball well and got it close a bunch of times."

"I had some good putts -- the greens are pretty tricky and fast so you can't be too aggressive. I probably putted better today than yesterday, so that was the difference. The conditions were pretty similar overall," McCormick said.

Seton Hall's Lloyd Jefferson Go carded an even-par 72 and is a stroke in front of Marquette's Brandon Cloete and C.J. Swift and Xavier's Yuki Kato, who are tied for fourth.

The top three teams stayed the same from Round 1 to Round 2. Marquette (595) is second and Seton Hall (608) is third. Xavier (609) is one stroke behind the Pirates and jumped into fourth place after tying St. John's for the lowest round of the day at 295. DePaul (610) is one stroke behind the Musketeers in fifth place.

Georgetown (618), Butler (630), Villanova (642) and Creighton (644) round out the final four spots in the team standings, respectively.

Georgetown's Gregory Podufal recorded the lowest round on Monday and the tournament-best thus far -- a 5-under-par 67. Podufal recorded five birdies on the day and did not make bogey. The Georgetown junior improved his score by 15 strokes and made the tournament's largest jump in the standings, moving from a tie for 35th into eighth place.

The Championships conclude on Tuesday with teams starting at both the Dogwood and Magnolia courses at 8 a.m. The Championship is free and open to the public.

Big East Championship

Sunday-Tuesday, Callawassie Island

Par 72, 7,065 yards

Team standings

1. St. John's 290-295--585

2. Marquette 295-300--595

3. Seton Hall 305-303--608

4. Xavier 314-295--609

5. DePaul 306-304--610

6. Georgetown 315-303--618

7. Butler 316-314--630

8. Villanova 328-314--642

9. Creighton 321-323--644

Top 10 Individuals

1. Ryan McCormick, SJ 71-71--142

2. Ben Ludlam, SJ 70-75--145

3. Lloyd Jefferson Go, SH 74-72--146

T4. Brandon Cloete, MARQ 71-76--147

T4. Yuki Kato, XAV 77-70--147

T4. C.J. Swift, MAR 75-72--147

7. Ed McCrossen, GEO 74-74--148

8. Gregory Podufal, GEO 82-67--149

9. Jonathan Hewitt, DEP 73-77--150

T10. Zach Gaugert, MAR 75-76--151

T10. Patrick Sanchez, MAR 74-77--151

T10. Tanapol Vattanapisit, XAV 78-73--151

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