CBU opened the day with a 297 and then shot 293 in the afternoon to finish the day at 590. CBU passed Notre Dame de Namur on the day, sitting in fourth place going into the final round.
"The guys stayed focused and lowered their score in the afternoon, which is something that had been a problem for us this season," said Head Coach Lane Pace. "We are definitely in contention for a Top 3 spot and that was one of our goals coming in. It would take something heroic to get a win, but with a little help even that isn't out of the question. The guys just need to keep their focus and I know we can finish this tournament well tomorrow."
Steven Watson led the charge on day one for the Lancers, shooting a two-under 142. Watson is tied for second with three other players. Jon Scolari of BYU-Hawaii leads the field at 139 (69-70).
The other four Lancers all shot lower in the second 18 holes of the day. Leonard Rooney shot the second lowest score of the day for CBU, shooting a 147 (75-72). Tim Tait sits at 150 (77-73), Micah Machado shot 151 (76-75) and Fredrik Hansson is at 152 (77-75).
Grand Canyon currently leads the field, shooting 572 (289-283), while Dixie State (286-295) and Hawaii-Hilo (291-290) are currently in second at 581.
"It's tough to go out there and play with a team that shoots over 100 shots worse than you do, but the guys never lost focus," said Pace, whose team played alongside Chaminade's 729 Monday. "Tomorrow we'll be paired with the top teams and it will be great to compete against them. I think that will help us finish strong and that's exactly what I expect this team to do."
Play tees off at 7:30 a.m. (HST) tomorrow morning for the final 18 holes.