Madison College | Joe Cayer

Madison College | Joe Cayer

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Nobody was more consistent than Joe Cayer and nobody showed more improvement than the Madison College men's golf team Thursday at the 2019 NJCAA Division III Golf Championships.

The WolfPack improved 16 strokes with its second-round 341 and moved up one spot to 10th place in the team standings. Cayer, a former Madison La Follette golfer, once again led the way with his second straight 76 and his 36-hole total of 152 kept him in a three-way tie for third place, two shots off the lead.

At 698 after two trips over the Lake Course at Chautauqua Golf Club, Madison College sits 12 shots ahead of last-place Nassau (N.Y.) Community College and trails ninth-place Northampton Community College (Pa.) by 10. Minnesota State Community & Technical College moved into first place after improving six strokes from opening day with a 311 for a 628 total, one shot better than Georgia Military College. First-round leader Sandhills Community College (NC) dropped back to third at 630 after posting a 316.

Cayer remained in the title hunt after another 4-over-par round of 76. He is two shots behind second-round Trey Capps of Sandhills CC. Cayer total also stands as one of the ten best two-day scores at the national tournament in Madison College program history. He posted three birdies Wednesday and ranks second among the 85-player field with seven birdies heading into Thursday. Cayer's impressive start is also due to a 4-under total and 4.60 average on the par 5's, ranking him second for the week.

Connor Rufenacht held his spot at 65th with a 13-over-par 85. The freshman from Verona improved four strokes over his opening round and his 36-hole total of 174 tied him with three other golfers. Freshman Harrison Ernstmeyer, a Reedsburg native, followed up a 92 with an 89 to put his two-day total at 181, dropping him back one spot into a two-way tie for 75th.

The biggest turnaround over the first two rounds came from Lodi's Cole Salzman, who shot a 91 to improve nine strokes from his opening round. After a 48 on his first nine (the back nine), Salzman shot 43 on the front and remains 83rd overall at 1911.

The tournament continues through Friday.