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Monmoth College Takes Lead at MWC Men's Golf Championships
Monmouth College shaved 17 strokes off their team score from Day 1 of the Midwest Conference Men's Golf Championships and lead by 23 strokes with 18 holes to play at Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford.

Five of the Fighting Scots' six golfers shot in the 70s in Round 2 Friday to take the commanding lead. Monmouth's 320-303-623 vaulted them to the lead over Carroll who carded a 645. First round team leader Knox College's score ballooned to a 647 after 36 holes.

There was also a change on the individual leader board where Monmouth's Ted Starkey replaced teammate Rodney Clayton as the clubhouse leader. After an opening round 79, Starkey blistered the course with a 73 Friday and begins Saturday's final round with the lead at 152, three strokes in front of second-place Clayton. Clayton fired consistent rounds of 78-77-155 and is two shots ahead of defending medalist Mark Strain of Illinois College in third. Strain shot a 157 through the first 36 holes.

Ryan Tapscott shaved five strokes off his opening score and is a tie for sixth with an 82-77-159. A 79 Friday by Sean McNamara wasnt quite good enough to count in the Scots' team score on Day 2, but his 81-79-160 puts him in a tie for eighth.

A 12 stroke improvement on Friday by Ryan Harvey moved him into sole possession of 18th with a 164. His 76 was the Scots' second-best round on the day and was a major improvement from his opening round 88. Brandon Kemerling trimmed his opening 88 to an 82 over the second 18 holes. His 170 ties him for 27th.

The final round tees off Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Scots in position to capture their third conference title in four years. Four Scots - Starkey, Clayton, Tapscott and McNamara - are also in position to earn a top 10 finish and all-conference honors. It would mark the third time in Monmouth history four members earned all-conference status. A team title would give coach Dave Ragone his fifth league title, that's more league crowns than any other golf coach in Fighting Scots history.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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