Brown shot a 9-over, 81 placing him in a multi-player tie for 27th after day one of the two day tourney. Brown, a senior was making his second appearance at the National Championships, previously placing 7th in 2012, also earning USCAA All-American status with his finish in 2012. Brown was uncommonly erratic off the tees, but put together many solid shots with his irons to keep within a few shots of a top ten finish.
Bernard, just a freshman, showed outstanding polish to his game, shooting an 82 on the long PGA course. Putting well all day, the rookie played well beyond his experience and used intelligent and conservative course management to finish among the top 37 golfers participating. Bernard is among a group of five golfers tied at the 32nd position.
Mark Lesinski of Powerhouse Daemen College and Devin Young of Cleary scored a strong one-over, 73 to stand at the top of the leaderboard after 18 holes.
With 24 golfers bunched between the scores of 79 and 82, solid play on day two can move any of the top 40 golfers into the top five or six slots of the championship bracket. And with rain in the forecast for the final day, the tourney looks to be one wet, swashbuckling knockdown, drag out affair to crown the best USCAA golfers in the nation.