Denlinger leads by one at Big South Championships; Bucs trail by six

Denlinger leads by one at Big South Championships; Bucs trail by six
NINETY-SIX, S.C. – Charleston Southern's David Denlinger has a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championships at The Patriot at Grand Harbor. The Buccaneers slipped to third after a team 303 (+15) in their second round.

Denlinger, who opened with a 6-under 66 on Monday for a four-shot lead, was 3-over through 11 holes and briefly fell out of the lead on Tuesday. He rebounded with a 2-under on his final seven holes with three birdies to end his day with a 1-over 73. Campbell's Gaston Bertinotti caught Denlinger on the leaderboard as the two shared the lead at -4 until Denlinger's final putt. Bertinotti carded his second-straight 2-under 70 -- the only player in the field with under-par scores in both rounds -- and enters Wednesday's final one shot behind Denlinger.

The Bucs held an eight-stroke lead in the team standings near the turn and midway point of the championship, but struggled with the back nine to slip to third. CSU trails leader Liberty by six strokes heading into Wednesday's final round.

Liberty shot a team aggregate 5-over par 293 and moved into first-place in the team standings at 583. The Flames entered the day in fourth-place and five shots behind first round leader Coastal Carolina, which dropped into second after its 15-over 303.

Liberty sits five shots ahead of Coastal (588) and six ahead of third-place Charleston Southern (589). Radford is fourth with a 595, just ahead of Presbyterian College (596). Winthrop and Campbell are tied for sixth-place at 602, while Gardner-Webb remains in eighth at 605. Longwood is ninth at 627, followed by High Point (647).

Junior Will Pieper is in the Top 10 with Denlinger heading into Wednesday. He is nine strokes back of his teammate's lead after carding a 76 (+4) on Tuesday. He birdied No. 6 and eagled No. 8 to scrambled for a 37 (+1) on the front nine.

Senior Ross Thomson is tied for 16th. He was 1-under at the turn, but shot a 41 (+5) on the back nine to close with a 76.

Junior Jarrett Swan shot a 78 (+6) to fall to 23rd. He was even thru 14 holes before a rough finish to his round.

Freshman Austin James had a couple of early birdies, but struggled with a 43 (+7) on the back nine to shoot an 80. He is tied for 35th.

Denlinger is seeking to become Charleston Southern's first championship medalist since 2006. Final round action of the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship begins at 8:30am ET Wednesday and is free and open to the public.

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