KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey rebounded from a slow start Monday to improve 16 strokes in the afternoon, earning a seventh-place standing after two rounds of the Queens Invitational. The tournament, being played at The Club at Irish Creek, was a late addition to the Crusaders' schedule after conditions in St. Augustine, Fla., put the Jay Jamison Invitational in question.
A first-round score of 297 was followed by a 281 for a total of 578. Belmont Abbey is 14 shots off the lead held by Coker (277-287=564).
Levi Kettelhut is tied for 13th at 143 (71-72), while Michael Mead is one shot behind (74-70) in a tie for 17th. Maurizio DeBono posted The Abbey's best round of the day, following up his 76 with a 69 (145), while John Molyneaux is tied for 48th at 149 (76-73).
Nick Stafford rounded out the scoring at 151 in a tie for 56th. He opened with an 81 before firing a two-under 70 in the second round.
The third and final round will be played on Tuesday morning.