April 30, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Junior Michael Kania is in a tie for third place with one round remaining at the BIG EAST Championships being played at the par-72, 7,089-yard Watson Course. Kania is three shots back of Notre Dame's Max Scodro as he is looking to become the first Villanova individual champion since Kevin Rogerson in 1989.
As a team, the Wildcats are alone in 4th place in the 12-team field after a 293-292--585 (+9) just one shot back of third place St. John's and 15 back of the Fighting Irish who are leading the field by seven strokes. The Wildcats shot better collectively in round two, but dropped one shot in the standings. Last year, Villanova finished in third place behind Notre Dame and Louisville.
Kania has been consistent with consecutive 70s for a 140 (-4) to lead the Wildcats. He was in 4th place after round one and improved to third place after 18 more holes. Kania will look to climb the leaderboard in tomorrow's final round.
Junior Derek Jones is second for Villanova in a tie for 19th after a 74-74--148 (+4) start. Senior Brian Colbert (75-74--149; +5), junior Steve Skurla (75-74-149; +5), and senior Bret McGaughey (74-75--149; +5) are all in a tie for 23rd. After round one, all five Wildcats were inside the top 28, but after the second round, their consistency has lifted all five golfers inside the top 23 in the 60-player field.
Kania and McGaughey are tied for first in the field in par 3 scoring with each shooting a -1 overall. Kania is still at the top of the par 4 scoring in a tie for second with a -2 number on those holes.
Kania has established himself at the top of the leaderboard due to his nine birdies, which is tied for first in the field.
The Wildcats will tee off starting at the first tee playing with Connecticut and Georgetown. McGaughey will start first at 8:00 am, followed by Skurla (8:10), Colbert (8:20), Jones (8:30), and finishing with Kania (8:40)