Cougars in the Hunt at PBC Championship

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Pine Mountain, GA – The UNC Pembroke Braves shot rounds of 288 and 291 to build a three-stroke lead after day one of the Peach Belt Conference men's golf championship at Callaway Gardens.  The Braves are three strokes ahead of USC Aiken who fired the low team round of the day with a 287 in the second round and five ahead of Georgia College.  Georgia Southwestern sits in fourth while host Columbus State is fifth and Armstrong and Flagler are tied for sixth.

UNCP carried a five-stroke lead into the second round after four players shot an even-par 72 en route to a combined 288. USC Aiken trimmed eight strokes off its first round total to trim a seven-stroke deficit down to just three. Georgia College was just five strokes off the lead in second place after the opening round.

PBC Player of the Year Jordan Walor (72-69/141) is just one stroke off the pace set by Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg who carded a tournament-best 67 in the second round to move atop the individual leaderboard. UNCP's Jonathan McCurry (72-73/145) is four strokes back in a tie for sixth, Michael Mullman (76-72/148) carded an even-par 72 in the second round and is tied for 14th, Scott Lambert (72-77/149) is tied for 17th and Carson Lanier (72-78/150) is in a tie for 23rd.

Three Pacers are currently tied for sixth individually with Matt Atkins (Owensboro, Ky./Henderson State), Gaines Milliner (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) and Taylor Welborn (LaGrange, Ga./Darton) all posting a two-round score of 145.

A First-Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection, Atkins shot a 2-under 70 in round one before carding a 75 in the second round. Atkins finished his opening round on Monday with six birdies.

Milliner opened with a 73 before posting an even 72 in round two. Welborn commenced his day with a 76 in round one. Buoyed by six birdies, Welborn then shot a 3-under 69 in the second round.

Georgia College shot rounds of 293 and 291 to sit five back.  PBC Freshman of the Year Ryan Trocchio shot back-to-back rounds of one-under 71 to tie for third at 142.  Patrick Garrett is tied for 14th after rounds of 76 and 72 while David Sullivan is tied for 17th at 149.

Georgia Southwestern's Craig Gibson tied Dahlenburg for low round of the day as he posted a 67 in the second round.  Gibson had six birdies in his round with only one bogey.  Columbus State's Stephen Swanepoel is in fifth at even-par 144 after a 71 in the second round.  Teammate Daniel Glidewell is in a tie for 10th with Armstrong's Cory Griffin at 146.

The 2012 PBC Men's Golf Championships will conclude with the third and final round on Tuesday at Callaway Gardens. Tee times are set to begin at 8 a.m.

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