RICHMOND, Virginia — Spiders in second grade Cole Ekert recorded a pair of eagles on Monday afternoon to help Richmond to an 11-under-par (277) team score in round two of the VCU Shootout at the Creek Course at the Country Club of Virginia, the fifth-highest score bottom of 18 holes in program history. Ekert hit the par-5 12 hole and the par-5 18 hole en route to a 68 (-4) in the second round, the lowest score of his collegiate career.
Seniors Lou Baker and Ben Cooper both shot 69 (-3) in Round 2, while a graduate student Michael Childress carded a 71 (-1) to provide the final score for the UR team. The team’s par 11-under trails only a 15-under at the 2017 A-10 Championship, a 12-under at Skybrook during the 2003-04 season and a pair of 12-unders in this event in 2019 (Round 2) and 2021 (Round 1) among all single-round scores in program history. Richmond’s 277 (-11) in the second round was an eight-stroke improvement from his first-round score and lifted the Spiders to 10th in the team standings at 14 under par (562).
Through 36 holes, Ekert is tied for 13th in the field at 75-6 under par (138). Cooper is also in the top 20 at 139 (tied for 19th). Childress is tied for 43rd at 1 under as a junior Garret Clark is in 55th place at 1-over par and Baker is tied for 56th at 2-over.
Tuesday’s final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Richmond will play on holes 12-15.