Smith a Shot Back Heading Into Final Round of Golfweek Conference Challenge
BURLINGTON, Iowa – Nevada senior Scott Smith fired a second-round 69 and moved into a tie for second, on shot off the lead at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday.
Smith is one shot back of Vince India of the host school Iowa heading into Tuesday’s final round and Smith is tied with another Hawkeye, Brad Hopfinger, in the medalist race.
“He’s playing some good golf right now and, quite honestly, I feel that he is capable of winning several tournaments this year,” coach Jacob Wilner said of Smith. “He only has one bogey in 36 holes this year and he’s got a good chance to go out tomorrow and take charge.”
As a team, Nevada was nine shots better in round two and moved up two spots to 11th place. Nevada was just +2 on the day as a team at 290. The Wolf Pack is clustered within a bunch of teams and is just seven shots back of sixth position. The host Hawkeyes hold a 19-shot lead going into the final round.
Kevin Lucas was one of three Pack players who improved on Tuesday and shot under par. Lucas carded a 2-under 70 after a 2-over 74 on Sunday. He is tied for 19th. Brian Knoll was eight shots better on Monday, following up a first-round 79 with a 1-under 71 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
“Brian Knoll was very impressive today, going under par in his second round of collegiate golf,” Wilner said. “Kevin Lucas had a stretch of five birdies in a row at one point. So that was good to see. We just need to get some production out of the rest of our guys and finish this thing strong.”
T2 Scott Smith 68-69 -- 137
T19 Kevin Lucas 74-70 -- 144
T45 Brian Knoll 79-71 -- 150
T68 Chris Cho 78-80 -- 158
73 Chris Plappert 79-87 -- 166