WILMINGTON, Del. – Virginia Commonwealth University is within striking distance of its ninth Colonial Athletic Association Championship with 18 holes remaining, while junior Marc Dobias (Lausanne, Switzerland) is eying individual gold.
The Rams will tee off as part of the first group Sunday with George Mason and Delaware at 9 a.m. on the South Course.
Dobias, who took a 1-shot lead into the clubhouse after Friday's opening round, is currently second, two shots behind Greg Matthias of Delaware. Matthias carded Saturday's lowest round (68) and is 2-under. Dobias was 1-over Saturday on the 7,043-yard, par 71 layout and is even through 36 holes.
Birdies on holes 11 and 14 had Dobias 1-under par near the close of play Saturday, but bogies on 16 and 18 provided Matthias with his 2-stroke advantage.
Dobias is seeking to become the first Ram to claim a CAA individual championship since Ted Brown in 2002. Donny Lee (1999) and current PGA professional John Rollins (1996) have also won crowns in a VCU polo shirt.
Rams' sophomore Matt Ball Jr. (Richmond, Va.) (pictured, right) is just outside the top 10 in 12th place after shooting 74 Saturday. He is 9-over. Also for VCU, sophomore Rocky Khara (Sebring, Fla.) is tied for 25th at 12-over, while senior Chase Sargent (Orlando, Fla.) is 13-over and in 32nd place.
2012 CAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Wilmington Country Club (South Course)
Par 71, 7,043 Yards
Team Standings (Through 36 holes)
T2-Georgia State (+29)
T2-Old Dominion (+29)
4-George Mason (+32)
7-William & Mary (+39)
8-James Madison (+41)