SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Freshman Conor McGovern (South Darien, Conn.) improved his second round score by seven strokes to card a team-leading 75, pacing the Bryant University golf team in round-two action Monday and Tuesday as the Bulldogs remain in 11th place with one frame left to play at the Hartford Hawk Invitational.
McGovern's 75 moved the rookie into a tie for 56th overall, trailing teammates Spencer Sweitzer (Southborough, Mass.), whose 77 dropped him into 35th after a first-round 74, and Brendan Allen (Chelmsford, Mass.). Allen matched his 77 from round one and sits tied for 48th at 13 over par.
Classmate Samuel Russell (Mansfield, Mass.) increased his score the second time around from a 76 to an 82, dropping the frosh to 62nd overall, while senior Grant Certuse (Mansfield, Mass.) took two strokes off to card a 79 and take 70th overall entering the final round of competition.
Despite Bryant's stability in the 11th spot (616), new leaders took over on both the team bracket and the individual competition. A 284 from Loyola (Md.) vaulted the Greyhounds into first at one under on the invitational, with UConn just five strokes behind after a day-two 286. St. John's, Monday's leader, fell to third and is nine strokes back from the lead.
Host school Hartford's Matt Smith took over the top spot in the individual field, shooting a 68 to compliment a previous score of 71 to enter the final loop with a score of 139 (-5).
The Bulldogs wrap up Hartford Hawk Invitational play and September action Tuesday afternoon.