by Benny Benton
GREENWOOD, S.C. – Barton College sophomore Justin Plane sits in third place out of 93 competitors after two rounds of the Bearcat Golf Classic, which is being hosted by Lander University at Greenwood Country Club.
Plane fired rounds of 1-under par 71 and even-par 72 on the 6,800-yard layout for a 141 total that was just one stroke off his career-low for 36 holes. He has now shot par or better in four of his past five rounds.
The Whitby, Canada, resident is just one shot behind second-place Jake Miller of Anderson University, but trails tournament leader Michael Pospisil by six strokes after the senior from host Lander, ranked No. 19 nationally by Golfstat, carded rounds of 67 and 70.
As a team, Barton sits in 14th place out of 18 squads. The Bulldogs started off strong, combining to go 5-under through the first 10 holes, but then faded from there to team rounds of 301 and 306.
The Bulldogs are four strokes behind 12th place Wingate University and two shots behind 13th place Belmont Abbey College. Barton holds a four-shot advantage of a pair of teams tied for 15th place, University of North Georgia and King University.
Following Plane in the standings for Barton is junior Travis Broome, who is tied for 33rd after rounds of 74 and 76 (150). Junior Turner Garris is tied for 65th place at 156 (79-77), and sophomore Scott Pechacek ranks 87th after matching rounds of 81 (162). Pechacek is one shot and one place ahead of junior teammate Derek Hamm, who produced rounds of 77 and 86 (163) to tie for 88th.
Barton will conclude play in the tournament with Tuesday's third round.