Feb. 25, 2008
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - University of Maryland junior Chris Gold fired a 6-under-par 66 on Monday to take the second round lead at the Cuthbert Cup men's golf tournament being hosted by the College of Charleston.
Gold, who transferred to Maryland prior to last spring, has a 36-hole total of 137 to lead by four strokes heading into Tuesday's final round. During his time as a Terrapin, Gold's 66 is behind only a final-round 65 he shot at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate last October. Gold won the Adams Cup of Newport in the fall season for his first tournament win as a Maryland player.
Also for Maryland, freshman Andrew Kay had a 3-under-par round of 69 on the Cougar Point layout to move into a tie for fourth individually at 142. Those top-five placers have moved Maryland into fourth place in the team standings, with Monday's 285 total placing them at 581 and only two shots behind UNC Wilmington and Washington State, which are tied for the team lead. The host Cougars are at 580 heading into Tuesday's round.
First-round leader Andrew Cuenca of Western Carolina followed his opening-round 69 with a 75 on Monday. He is tied for fourth with Kay, while Nick Ellis of Washington State and Josh Brock of UNC Wilmington are in second behind Gold at 141.
The Cuthbert Cup is played in a unique format in collegiate golf, with a special trophy available to the school that has the combined low score for its men's and women's teams. The Maryland women are in third place in the team standings, and men and women will be paired together in Tuesday's final round, with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. at Osprey Point.
Maryland is in third in the combined scoring, 11 shots behind the College of Charleston, which is third on the men's side and leads the women's division by three shots over UNC Wilmington, which is second combined just two shots back.
T1. UNC Wilmington 293-286--579; T1. Washington State 292-287--579; 3. Coll. of Charleston 295-285--580; 4. MARYLAND 296-285--581; 5. Richmond 292-290--582; 6. Western Carolina 292-293--585; 7. Rice 297-290--587; 8. Charleston Southern 305-287--592; 9. Appalachian State 307-295--602; 10. William & Mary 305-299--604; 11. Missouri State 307-299--606; 12. Cincinnati 312-306--618.