Deacs Surge Into Lead at Valspar Collegiate
March 20, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMGolf)

PALM CITY, Fla. -- The Wake Forest men's golf team climbed into the lead at the Valspar Collegiate with an impressive second round Monday at the Floridian. The Demon Deacons shot a 4-under 280 to take a nine-shot lead into the final round of play.

The 10th-ranked Demon Deacons are at 3-over through two rounds, nine shots ahead of Houston at 12-over. Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech are at 14-over, while Texas A&M and North Texas are at 15-over. The event features eight of the nation's top 30 squads.

Eric Bae shot the low round of the day, a 4-under 67, to move into a tie for first on the individual leaderboard at 2-under. Will Zalatoris is tied for fifth at even par after a second round 72, while Paul McBride shot a 69 on Monday to move into the top 10 at 2-over for the tournament. Lee Detmer shot a second-round 72 and is at 4-over. Cameron Young shot 74 for the second straight day and is at 6-over.

"Today was very much a team effort," said head coach Jerry Haas. "Every guy stayed in the round until the very end. I know they wanted to have a cleaner finish, but the players are getting it under par and learning that they can compete at this level. A solid team effort is what it takes to win. It was also great to see some of our alumni, Hans Albertsson, Thomas Parker and Lance Young, on the course supporting the team today."



The Deacs enter the final round looking to capture their third team title of the season, having won the season-opening Rod Myers Invitational in September and last week's General Hackler Championship. A win would also mark the third consecutive season that Wake Forest has posted victories in consecutive events.

The Valspar Collegiate concludes Tuesday at the Floridian.

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