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Men's Golf Leads after Two Rounds

April 4, 1998

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.--The Florida State men's golf team continues to hold its lead at the US Collegiate Golf Championships after a second-round team score of 292. The tournament, played at the Slammer and Squire Course at the World Golf Village, features ten teams in the top 25 in the latest collegiate golf rankings. The Seminoles, entering this tournament #25 in the nation, holds a six stroke lead over No. 1-ranked UNLV with a two-day total of 578.

The Seminoles are led by the play of sophomore Nathan Bertsch. Bertsch, a native of Gulf Breeze, FL, carded an even-par 72 in Saturday's round to stand tied for 3rd with three other golfers. Senior George McNeill fired a 74 today to move his total to even-par for the tournament at 144. Mark Monroe, along with Bertsch shot the low round of the day for the Seminoles with a 72. Monroe's total of 146 has him tied for 15th. Barry Dyche duplicated his first-round 74 with the same total on Saturday to stand alone in 19th place after two rounds. Jason Pool rounded out the scoring with a 77 and a total of 149, tying him for 20th place.

The Seminoles hold a six stroke advantage over UNLV and an eight stroke lead over Oklahoma State as they enter the final round on Sunday.

Charles Howell of Oklahoma State continues to lead the tournament by one stroke over Charley Hoffman of UNLV after a 73 today. Howell set the course record yesterday with a 66.

The final round of the US Collegiate Golf Championships will be televised live on ESPN on Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm est.

1.  Florida State       286-292 578
2.  UNLV                291-293 584
3.  Oklahoma State      289-297 586 
4.  Arizona State       294-295 589
5.  Arizona             297-294 591

FSU Individual Scores

Nathan Bertsch 70-72 142 (t3) George McNeill 70-74 144 (t8) Mark Monroe 74-72 146 (t15) Barry Dyche 74-74 148 (19) Jason Pool 72-77 149 (t20)

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