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Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears Golf

SILVIS, Ill. — Making the biggest move of any team in the field, the Rocky Mountain College men's golf team climbed to 12th place at the NAIA National Championships on Wednesday.

The Battlin' Bears opened Wednesday's round in 21st place after shooting a first-round 302.

They responded with a 285, a 17-stroke improvement, for a two-day total of 587. Coastal Georgia (280-285-565) took over the team lead, followed by Dalton State (566).

Michael Tait, Colton Murphy and Reece Nilsen all made huge jumps in the individual standings.

Tait moved into a tie for 19th place with rounds of 73 and 70 for 143. He improved 24 places in the standings.

Colton Murphy (76-71-147) improved 36 places to a tie for 54th, while Nilsen (81-69-150) improved 60 place to a tie for 75th.

Mitchell Thiessen (75-75-150) is also tied for 75th, while HoTae Kim is tied for 111th (78-78-156).

S.M. Lee of Dalton State (69-68-137) is the leader after two rounds. He moved from fifth to first.

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