NEW LONDON, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's golf team overtook North Carolina on Saturday and currently sits in first place after 36 holes of the ACC Championship. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held at the par 72, 7,102-yard Old North State Club on Badin Lake.
As a team, the Demon Deacons shot the low round of the day, turning in a 6-under 282. WFU now owns a 1-under 575 through two rounds, holding a one-stroke edge over UNC, who is second at even par. Clemson is four strokes back in third, while Georgia Tech sits in fourth at 16-over and Duke is fifth at 19-over. NC State, Virginia, Maryland and Florida State round out the No. 6-9 spots in the standings, quite a distance away from the top half of the field.
'This is where we want to be,' said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. 'Bill (Haas) played well today and Brent (Wanner) was right there also. We need more of that from them on Sunday if we want to win the championship.'
Deacon junior Bill Haas remains atop the leaderboard after posting his second straight round in the 60s. His 68 on Saturday wasn't the lowest score of the day, but it gives him a 7-under 137 for the tournament, four strokes ahead of three players tied for second. His teammate, senior Brent Wanner, is one of those in second place. Wanner turned in a 69 on Saturday to sit at 3-under par 141. He is tied with Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech and Richard Treis of UNC.
When asked if he wanted to see his name go up on the board with his father, Jay Haas, who won the crown in 1973 as a member of the championship Wake Forest team, the younger Haas replied, 'That will definitely be nice. I see his up on the board and I want to be up there also.'
WFU senior Chris Yoder moved up two spots in the standings, from ninth to seventh, with a 2-under 70 on Saturday. He has an even 144 through 36 holes.
Senior Chad Wilfong fared a little better on Saturday as well, shooting a 75 to move up to 26th place with 9-over 153. Freshman Kyle Reifers continued to struggle in the second round, carding an 81 to go with his 79 from Friday.
The Wake Forest men's golf team will try to capture its 19th overall ACC Championship and first since 1989 when the final round of the tournament gets underway Sunday morning. The Deacons, paired with UNC and Clemson, are scheduled to tee off at 10-minute intervals between 10:30 and 11:10 A.M.
Old North State Club
par 72 * 7,102 yards
1 Wake Forest 293-282 575 -1
2 UNC 290-286 576 E
3 Clemson 294-286 580 +4
4 Georgia Tech 305-287 592 +16
5 Duke 303-292 595 +19
6 NC State 312-295 607 +31
7 Virginia 310-298 608 +32
8 Maryland 311-299 610 +34
9 Florida State 311-305 616 +40