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Oklahoma City Holds Top Spot in NAIA

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College CentralOLATHE, Kan. -- Two-time defending national champion Oklahoma City University holds a six shot lead after 36 holes at NAIA Men's Golf National Championships presented by Cingular Wireless at Matanzas Woods Golf Club in Palm Coast, Florida. The Stars shot a 294 on the day, 583 overall, to stand six shots ahead of The Master's College (Calif.), Berry College (Ga.) and Johnson & Wales University (Fla.) at 589.
The Master's moved up five spots on the day powered by a 1-under par total of 287. A pair of 69's by senior Joe Chally and junior Chad Wensel led the Mustangs in their charge up the leaderboard. Berry started the day tied for second, while Johnson & Wales was in fourth. Webber International is in fifth at 599.
Oklahoma City freshman Nicolas Allain shot a 1-under par 71 to move to 4-under, 140. He leads Chally and Zane Goldthorp of Berry by two shots. Goldthorp shot a 68 after opening with a 74. Oklahoma Citys Yasin Ali is three shots back in fourth at 143.
The low round of the tournament belongs to Johnson & Wales sophomore Michael Welch. He responded to his opening round 82 with a spectacular 67, shooting a 31 on the back nine.
Indiana Wesleyan University junior and Region VIII Medallist Todd Chin, playing as an individual, offered a bogey-free round of 68 to tie Michael Johnson of Spring Hill College (Ala.) and Todd Halpen of the University of Victoria (B.C.) for fifth overall at 144, even par.
The tournament resumes at 8 AM on Thursday and continues through Friday at Matanzas Woods. For complete tournament information and scores, visit the NAIA website at