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With the top 18 teams advancing into the third round, the Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team stood in 14th place after day two of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships on Wednesday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

Led by the two-day total of 145 carded by Ben Johnson, IWU's team score of 598 survived the cut as the 42 teams were trimmed for the final two rounds.

Guilford College leads the championships with a 578, three shots ahead of both Washington & Lee and Methodist.

Johnson's 145 was good for an 18th-place tie among individuals. Normal Community product Rob Wuethrich is tied for 39th at 148.


Three teams net honor: ISU men’s golf, gymnastics and volleyball programs were honored with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for achievement in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) announced Wednesday by the NCAA. The APRs are based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

The Redbird men’s golf squad ranked in the top-10 percent of its sport for the seventh time in program history, including six in a row. The volleyball program earned its third NCAA Public Recognition Award overall and second in a row.

The Redbird gymnastics team was honored for the first time in program history. The ISU gymnasts also ranked eighth in the country in team grade point average for the 2016-17 season.


Men's golf advances: The No. 11-ranked Illinois men's golf team will make its 11th straight appearance at the NCAA Championships on May 25-30 following a second-place finish Wednesday at the NCAA Columbus Regional.

The Illini shot 6-over par in the final round to finish at even par. Four Illini were among the top 10 individuals, led by senior Nick Hardy who tied for fourth at 2-under par.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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