CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. -- Joe Sauers of the Central Lakes College Raiders was the individual leader following the second day of the NJCAA Division III men's golf tournament Wednesday.
Sauers shot 73 Wednesday for a two-day total of 147, one shot better than a host of golfers.
Meanwhile, the Raiders remained in sixth place as a team. They had 319 the first day and 311 the second for a two-day total of 630.
Eastfield College is the pacesetter with 611 strokes.
In addition to Sauers' 73, the Raiders' Josh Kuha shot 76, Eric Rowbottom 79, Nick Dahl 83 and Jeremy Medina 96. For the tournament, Kuha has 157 strokes, Rowbottom 156, Dahl 170 and Medina 195.
"We're still in the hunt," Raiders coach Jim Russell said. "We made up eight strokes today. Some scores were really low. About eight guys were under par. The best team score was 297 by Eastfield, which was very good.
"We had three guys in the 70s. Joe is playing real well right now. Josh came on strong and improved five strokes. Nick improved five strokes as well. The guys have a lot of confidence. I think we will make another run at it (today). Every day we have cut down on our strokes. A four-day tournament is a long tournament."
Russell said all golfers are trying to get accustomed to the greens, which has affected putting.
"It's been a difficult task," he said. "When you get to a national tournament everyone can hit it. It comes down to who can finish when they get on the green. That's what the key is for us."
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