A significant change in the weather made Monday seem like two different days for the teams playing in the ninth annual Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate golf tournament at Wexford Golf Club.
But one constant was the play of USC Aiken. The Pacers shot rounds of 296 and 297 for a two-round total of 593 and a six-stroke lead over second-place Charleston Southern.
While the Francis Marion-hosted event was graced most of the morning and early afternoon with bright sunlight and milder temperatures, the afternoon round saw the temperatures drop and the wind pick up substantially.
"We played pretty well in the morning," said Don Hill, head coach of first-round leader Elon. "But it was just a kind of battle of the elements this afternoon."
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The Phoenix's first-round score of 294 gave them a three-stroke lead on the Pacers as play moved to the second 18 holes. But Elon couldn't keep up the pace, carding a 307 in the second round and falling to a tie for third with Presbyterian College.
The Pacers, meanwhile, shot a stroke better in the afternoon to move into first place.
"It was nothing spectacular. Everybody contributed, and that's what we always stress, everybody staying within their game," USC Aiken coach Michael Carlisle said. "We didn't have anybody who was a liability, anybody who shot really high that we had to make up for. It was just a consistent performance under some pretty tough conditions.
"The scores aren't going to impress anybody who reads them, but they don't know how difficult this golf course is with the wind and the cold."
Carlisle said the difference in the conditions was significant from the first round to the second.
"I think the golf course played four or five shots harder," he said.
Carlisle's Pacers were led by Brandon Robinson-Thompson and Kyle Godsman, who tied for second with two-round scores of 146, three shots behind individual leader Davis Parker (71-72--143) of Presbyterian.
Parker is the only golfer under par through two rounds. Tuesday's third and final round tees off at 8:30 a.m.
Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate
Monday at Wexford Golf Club
Rounds 1 and 2
1. USC Aiken 593, 2. Charleston Southern 599, T3. Elon 601, T3. Presbyterian 601, 5. Radford 602, 6. Virginia Commonwealth 605, 7. Francis Marion 606, T8. William & Mary 607, T8. Austin Peay 607, Wofford 608, 11. DePaul 609, 12. Richmond 615, 13. Cleveland State 619, 14. Campbell 625, 15. Ohio 632, 16. Dayton 635, 17. High Point 637.
Individual Top 10
1. Davis Parker, PC 71-72--143
T2. Brandon Robinson-Thompson, USCA 71-75--146
T2. Adam Bell, VCU 73-73--146
T2. Kyle Goodman, USCA 74-72--146
T5. Alex Hicks, W&M 75-72--147
T5. Tobias Pettersen, FMU 74-73--147
T7. Ross Thomson, CSU 73-75--148
T7. Jarrett Swan, CSU 76-72--148
T7. Carter Davis, PC 74-74--148
T7. Michael Balcar, Cleve. St. 72-76--148
T7. Jeremy Grab, Wof 76-72--148