Tech In Second Place After Second Day of Bell Atlantic Atlantic 10 Golf Championships
Brendon de Jonge tied for first on individual list
April 15, 2000

CANNONSBURG, Pa. - Rhode Island shot a blistering three-under par as a team to take a six-stroke lead at the 22nd annual Bell Atlantic Atlantic 10 Men's Golf Championships at the Southpoint Golf Club.

The Rams shot a 285 today, erasing their four-stroke deficit of yesterday to go to 12-over-par for the event with a 588. Virginia Tech, which led after yesterday's first round, is in second place, six strokes off the pace with a 36-hole score of 594. Duquesne is in third, 13 strokes behind the Hokies. Temple is in fourth, 21 strokes off at 609. George Washington (615), Dayton (617), Xavier (619), St. Bonaventure (639), St. Joseph's (641), Fordham (646) and La Salle (706) round out the field.

Rhode Island is just the second team to shoot below a par score in the five years the event has been held at Southpointe. In 1997, Virginia Tech shot a 12-under par first round score of 276.

Individually, Virginia Tech's Brendon de Jonge and Rhode Island's Michael Sims lead the field with even par 144s. Sims and teammate Thomas Giles paced today's field with three under 69s. DeJonge shot a one-over 73. Duquesne's Steve Hale and Tech's Matt Hollerback are tied for third after 36 holes at one-over par. Xavier's Jeff Marr is fifth at two-over.

The 54-hole Championship will conclude tomorrow. Tee-time is 9 a.m.
1. Rhode Island, 303-285=588
2. Virginia Tech, 299-295=594
3. Duquesne, 300-307=607
4. Temple, 302-307=609
5. George Washington, 309-306=615
Tech's Top Individuals
T1. Brendon de Jonge, 71-73=144
T3. Matt Hollerback, 73-72=145
T11. Eric Reynolds, 77-73=150
T24. Johnson Wagner, 78-78=156
T32. Brian Krusoe, 83-77=160