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Jimmie golf sits 18th at nationals

University of Jamestown men's golf is in a good position to make program-history at the NAIA national tournament.

If the Jimmies can finish 17th or better after three rounds they would make the fourth round cut for the first time ever. After two complete rounds Wednesday, Jamestown (297-305) sits in 18th place.

"It would be awesome to make the cut and be the first Jamestown team to do so," said Jimmie golf coach Vince Drahman. "We just need to play our brand of golf."

Jamestown local Austin Rene shot a team-low 73 second round at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. Rene is tied for 64th with teammate Jacob Rice, who shot a 77.

"He's a solid player," Drahman said about Rene. "I walked with him yesterday but he didn't make any putts. Today he made more putts."

Nathan Kapaun (tied for 86th) shot the second-lowest score for Jamestown with a 75. Nolan Frank pitched in with an 80 and Brandon Stahlhut, another Jamestown local, carded an 85.

"It was a day where we struggled on the first nine holes," Drahman said. "We started on the back nine and struggled. We were able to string it together on the front nine."

Jamestown (34-over) is six shots behind William Penn University for 17th place. British Columbia and Our Lady of the Lake—each are 35-over—are right on the Jimmies' tail. Jamestown will begin the third round at 7:30 a.m. on the 10th hole.

"The message tomorrow is the same as all semester, to control what we can control," Drahman said. "Our team meeting tonight was to play Jimmie golf and show them who we really are."

NAIA Men's Golf Championships

After two rounds

Team results

1. Coastal Georgia 280-285--565; 2. Dalton State 284-282--566; T3. Oklahoma City 290-282--572; T3. Keiser University 279-293--572; 5. Texas Wesleyan 289-287--576; 6. Taylor University 280-297--577; T7. William Woods 289-289--578; T7. Wayland Baptist 588-290--578; 9. Point University 295-285--580; 10. Cardinal Stritch University 298-285--583; 11. Northwestern Ohio 291-295--586; 12. Rocky Mountain College 302-285--587; 13. South Carolina Beaufort 298-292--590; T14. Victoria (B.C.) 289-302--591; T14. Holy Cross (Ind.) 295-296--591; 16. Johnson & Wales (Flo.) 291-302--593; 17. William Penn University 299-297--596; 18. University of Jamestown 297-305--602; T19. British Columbia 301-302--603; T19. Our Lady of the Lake 305-298--603; T21. Northwestern College (IA.) 299-309--608; T21. St. Ambrose 295-313--608; 23. Oregon Tech 313-300--613; 24. Southeastern University 311-305--616; 25. Bethany College (Kan.) 304-313--617; 26. Cumberland University (Tenn.) 304-321--625; 27. Brescia University 308-320--628; Marymount College (Calif.) 323-310--633; Asbury University 324-313--637.

Jimmie team score

Jamestown (602): T62. Austin Rene 75-73--148; T62. Jacob Rice 71-77--148; T86. Nathan Kapaun 76-75--151; T107. Nolan Frank 75-80--155; T143. Brandon Stahlhut 77-85--162.

Individual Top 10

1. S.M Lee, Dalton State, 69-68--137; 2. Ben Kendrick, Cumberlands, 71-68--139; T3. Jack Dyer, Keiser University, 66-74--140; T3. Andrew Williamson, Wayland Baptist, 70-70--140; T3. Erik Jonasson, Keiser University, 68-72--140; T6. Mark Johnson, Coastal Georgia, 69-72--141; T6. Alec Dutkowski, Taylor University, 67-74--141; T6. Carlos Ardila, Southeastern University, 72-69--141; T6. Rafael Jauregui, Lady of Lake, 71-70--141; T6. Liam Gransden, Keiser, 70-71--141; T6. Tom North, William Woods, 70-71--141; T6. Chip Thompson, Coastal Georgia, 68-73--141; T6. Rasmus Lind, Lindsey Wilson, 69-72--141.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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