by Benny Benton
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Senior Travis Broome is tied for the individual lead and his Barton College team is in second place, just two shots out of first, after 36 holes of the Queens Invitational, which is being played at the Club at Irish Creek.
Broome recorded the fourth sub-70 round of his career in the morning 18, carding a 2-under par 69. He added another in the afternoon, going even lower with a 3-under par 68, just one stroke off his career-low.
The Virginia Beach, Va., resident is tied at the top of the 91-player tournament leaderboard with NCAA Division I player Marc Boucher of UNC Charlotte, who is competing in the event as an individual. They both hold a one-shot lead over Lincoln Memorial University All-American Sam Broadhurst.
Broome was joined in the top 10 by junior teammate Scott Pechacek of Cary, N.C., who matched his career-low on consecutive rounds with a pair of 70s to finish the day in sixth place at 140.
Freshman Bryson Boyette of Wilson, N.C., added the first sub-70 round of his young collegiate career, a 69, in the afternoon session following an opening-round 74 and rests in a tie for 13th place at 1-over par 143.
As a team, Barton was in third place after an opening-round 285, but moved into second place and closed in on leader Coker College with an afternoon total of 281, which matched the lowest score of the round.
The Cobras stormed to the front with a first-round 277, but were 10 shots higher in the afternoon, allowing Barton to close the gap. Coker sits at 564, followed closely by Barton at 566.
University of Charleston, a 2016-17 NCAA Division II National Tournament participant, is six shots back of the Bulldogs in third place at 572, and Lincoln Memorial, preseason ranked No. 21 nationally in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll, is one more stroke behind at 573.
The final round of the tournament will be held on Tuesday.