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Vikram Chatterjee tied for the low round for CMS with a 73 (photo by Ricky Bassman)
Vikram Chatterjee tied for the low round for CMS with a 73 (photo by Ricky Bassman)

CMS Men's Golf Moves Up To Seventh, In Contention Going into Final Round

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NICOLASVILLE, Ky. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team moved up two spots into seventh place with a +6 (294) in the third round of the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday, putting itself in contention heading into Friday's final round.

CMS now stands at +11 through 54 holes, 11 shots behind Methodist at even par, still well within striking distance with a solid final round on Friday. Piedmont stands at second at +4, with RPI in third place at +6. St. John's (Min.) stands in third place at +7, followed by Carnegie Mellon at +8 and Christopher Newport at +10. 

Joshua Kwon remains the highest Stag on the individual leaderboard at even par, following a 73 on Thursday, which places him tied for ninth. Kevin Jiang is tied for 23rd at +3, out of 220 golfers who began the tournament on Tuesday. 

Vikram Chatterjee had a big performance late in his round after a slow start, getting back to +1 on the day with five birdies in a span of 12 holes, including a birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie stretch from No. 9 to No. 13.  Will Parker played at -2 over his last 11 holes, including a big birdie on No. 18 to close out the round. 

The final round will get underway tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., as CMS will try to earn one of the four NCAA trophies for the second year in a row, after finishing third last year. CMS will also be trying for its second national title in program history, along with the 2016 team, if it can come from behind to take the first-place trophy.