Seasiders climb atop leaderboard at PacWest championships

Nicolas Herrera places his ball to ready for a long putt for birdie on hole 12.
Nicolas Herrera places his ball to ready for a long putt for birdie on hole 12.

KAHUKU, Hawaii – Nicolas Herrera and Jacob Godfrey led No. 11/13 BYU-Hawaii men's golf to a two stroke lead after Tuesday's second round of the 2017 PacWest Men's Golf Championships at Turtle Bay Resort's Fazio Course.

The Seasiders fired a 10-under 278 to pass Holy Names for first place at 16 under for the tournament. The Hawks fired a 6-under 282 to finish at 14 under, while No. 40 Dixie State fired a 13-under 275 to finish nine strokes back of the lead.

Herrera and Godfrey shot identical rounds of 5-under 67 to lead BYU-Hawaii. Herrera got off to a hot start with three straight birdies, including a 20-foot putt on the 12th green, to finish the back nine at 4 under. Herrera then battled rain for his final holes, but birdied at hole eight to retake the lead for the Seasiders heading into the clubhouse. Herrera was tied for third on the individual board at 8 under through 36 holes, two back of the leaders.

Godfrey also shot a 4 under on the back nine with birdies on five of the last seven holes. He maintained the momentum with a birdie at the first and fourth holes and held strong through the rain to head into the clubhouse with a 1 under front nine. Godfrey is in sixth place at 7 under through two rounds.

Federico Clausen moved to even par for the tournament to tie for 13th on the leaderboard after firing a 1-under 71, including an eagle on 17. Dalton Stanger finished at 1 over for the day and is at 1-under 143 for the tournament to tie for ninth among individuals. Alex Stulce wrapped things up the Seasider team with a 1-over 73 to move to finish the day tied for 21st at 3 over through two rounds.

BYU-Hawaii will look to finish strong Wednesday in the final round at Turtle Bay Resort's Fazio Course. Tee times will begin at 7 a.m. HST and live scoring will be available online.

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