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PALM HARBOR, FL -
Temple sophomore Brandon Matthews
was one of just seven golfers to break par on a windy Monday at the tough Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Beach Resort and Golf Club, carding a one-under 70 to tie for sixth overall after the second day of competition a the 2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships.
Matthews, however, was the lone bright spot for the Temple Owls, as the team remained in ninth place in the 10-team field with a two-day total of 616.
"Conditions were a little tougher today, a little more windy," said Matthews on his round. "The whole day was really a grind. I made a lot of putts that I shouldn't have had to make...Kind of the same deal as yesterday, I struggled a little bit, but kind of held to together for the most part but this time I finished ok."
"He definitely moved himself up to be the champion (overall)," said Temple head coach Brian Quinn
on Matthews' play.
Matthews, who had a double-bogey on hole seven on Sunday, rebounded to birdie the hole, one of his four on the round. He is one-over par for the tournament with a 143.
Junior Matt Teesdale
was next four the Owls, posting a six-over 77 to tie for 30th in the field (151). Senior Matt Crescenzo, the team captain, struggled with an 81, matching his highest score of the season and tying for 42nd overall (158).
Temple's final two golfers, freshman Evan Notaro
and junior Mike Amole
, placed 49th and 50th overall with scores of 84 and 83, respectively.
UCF, ranked seventh nationally, leads the field with a four-over 572. SMU, ranked #31, is one stroke back (573) while #9 Houston (578), #30 USF (579) and Louisville (580) are all within striking distance.
SMU's Bryon Dechambeau, ranked #25 nationally, carded a three-under 68 today and leads the field with a four-under 138. First round leader Linus Vaisanen of UCF is one stroke back while Matthews is five off the pace at 143.
The Owls tee off Tuesday at 8:20 am.The American Championship
Innisbrook Resort-Copperhead Course
1) UCF - 283-289, 572
2) SMU - 287-286, 573
3) Houston - 292-286, 578
4) USF - 290, 289, 579
5) Louisville - 299-281, 580
6) Memphis - 298- 295, 593
7) Cincinnati - 292-306, 598
8) Connecticut - 301-305, 606
9) Temple - 305-311, 616
10) Rutgers - 310-317, 627