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Gahman slips to T-26th after Day 2 of NCAA D-II nationals

Nate Gahman slipped from a tie for 9th to a tie for 26th after the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday.

Nate Gahman slipped from a tie for 9th to a tie for 26th after the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday.

HERSHEY, Pa. — Nate Gahman’s short game lifted him into the Top 10 after Monday’s opening round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship.

In Tuesday’s second round, his play around the green might have cost him a shot at a national title.

Gahman, a Leesburg native and Georgia Southwestern senior, dropped from a tie for ninth to a tie for 26th heading into today’s final round at Hershey Country Club after firing a 6-over 77 on Tuesday.

“It’s disappointing, but you can’t have a great round every day,” Gahman said. “It’s been a trend all year for me where I will have one bad round a tournament. Hopefully I can come back (today) on fire and see what happens.”

Gahman three-putted three holes — two of which ended up as double bogeys — and is now 6-over in the tournament and 10 strokes behind leader Rob Damschen of CSU-Stanislaus.

“We read the greens well (Tuesday), but his speed was off a little bit,” said GSW coach Darcy Donaldson, who is serving as Gahman’s personal coach this week. “When that happens, you aren’t going to make a whole lot of putts.”

Gahman, who started Tuesday’s round on the back nine, birdied two of his first four holes to pull within three shots of the leader, but the former Lee County golfer and Herald Player of the Year double bogeyed No. 17 and shot a 5-over 41 on the front nine to all but drop out of contention for a national title.

The senior, however, does have a shot at a Top 10 finish and could even best teammate J.P. Griffin’s performance (ninth overall) in last year’s national tournament.

When he tees off at 11:50 a.m. today, he will only be four shots out of the Top 10.

“A Top 10 finish was the goal at the beginning of the tournament,” Griffin said. “Hopefully I can post something under par (today), and we will see what happens.”