DANIELS, W.V. – The Bentley University Falcons were one of two teams to break 300 during Tuesday's second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf East/Atlantic Regional at The Resort at Glade Springs, and as a result, climbed five places in the standings into a tie for ninth with a two-day score of 304-299-603. The regional will conclude on Wednesday with Bentley teeing off in the final group (12:50-1:30 pm).
Bentley posted a second-round score of 299, a mark bettered only by the 295 registered by Concordia College (N.Y.). The Falcons were paced by freshman Tommy Ethier (Nashua, N.H./Bishop Guertin HS) and senior Cal Meyers (Richfield, Wisc./Slinger HS), who both shot a one-over 73. Ethier had 15 pars, one birdie and two bogeys while Meyers' round included three birds and four bogeys.
Ethier's 73 helped him climb 15 places into a tie for 12th in the individual standings with a 74-73-147. Meyer vaulted up the standings even more, climbing 32 places into a tie for 19th with a 76-73-149.
Next on the scoring list for the Falcons are senior Chris Ehl (Reading/Reading HS) and junior Chris Simione (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire HS), who are both tied for 55th with a 154. Simione turned in a second-round 75 and Ehl recorded a 79.
The top three teams and the top two individuals not on an advancing team will qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held in Alabama later in the month. Heading into Wednesday's final round, the top three teams are Franklin Pierce (291-300-591), Concordia (297-295-592) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (291-302-593), with Bentley 10 strokes out of third.
The top individuals after 36 holes are Concordia's Minwoo Park (70-69-139) and Wilmington's Ryan Rucinski (69-73-142). Ethier is third among Northeast-10 Conference players, trailing Le Moyne's Joe Petrin and Franklin Pierce's Sam Myers, both with a 70-74-144.