May 1, 2017
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OKATIE, S.C. - Freshman Matthew Bachmann shot a 1-under-par 71, holding on to a share of the lead at even par (73-71-144) after two rounds at the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championships on Monday.
Marquette (304-309-613) is tied for third place with Butler and enters the final round Tuesday in the same standings spot as they finished in Sunday's opening round. But the Golden Eagles are 10 shots behind second-place Seton Hall, and 17 behind leader DePaul (302-294-596).
Bachmann was one of three players in the field to post a sub-par second round, joining co-leader Jonathan Hewett of DePaul and defending individual champion Lloyd Jefferson Go of Seton Hall - both Hewett and Go shot 2-under-par scores of 70. Butler's Joey Arcuri, who led after 18 holes, is tied for first along with Bachmann and Hewett at even par for the tournament.
"I took my game plan from yesterday into today," Bachmann said. "Aggressive swings at conservative targets. You really have to just keep it in play here. I probably struck [the ball] better yesterday than I did today, but took advantage of holes today whereas yesterday I never hit anything too close."
A stellar front nine, including three birdies, had Bachmann sitting at 3-under-par. He pushed past Arcuri into first place after the turn with a clean card over the first 14 holes before his first bogey at No. 15, which was the second-highest scoring hole on the course on Monday.
"That's how you want every front nine to go - an ideal way to make the turn," Bachmann said. "I would say it took a lot of stress out of the day."
On the par 4 No. 18 and with a one stroke lead, Bachmann narrowly missed a sand save out of two bunkers, on the fairway and off the green, when his putt from ten feet stopped at the lip of the cup. Bachmann's playing partner Hewett made par to hang on to first and finish at even par.
Play was slowed temporarily by downpours of rain while Marquette was on the front nine. The rain stopped, but the wind picked back up to a steady 15 miles per hour while the Golden Eagles were on the back nine.
Marquette tees off with Seton Hall and DePaul in final round play, off No. 1, beginning at 7:50 a.m. CT on Tuesday.