Sayler's 75 (+3) featured a pair of eagles on both the par-5's on the Coyote Run nine-hole layout at the Boulder Creek Golf Club. With those eagles, Sayler was two-under on his final nine to help compensate for opening side 41.
"I thought we were more composed today and handled the elements a little better," UND head coach Tim Swanson said. "You always want to keep improving. We did that today and will try to do even better tomorrow."
Sophomore Jordan Smith was nine strokes better during his second loop around the southern Nevada course. He carded an 80 (+8), which could have been even lower before he ran into some trouble on his final hole.
Classmate Jeremy Kirk was seven strokes better and is tied with Smith through 36 holes with totals of 169. Sayler's solid play moved him up eight spots in the individual standings into a tie for 28th. Collectively, UND (672; +96) turned in a team score that was 32 shots better than Friday's opening round.
Pre-tournament favorite Sacramento State surged into the lead with a 285 (-3) in the second round as wind remained, but was much more manageable as the gusts dissipated throughout the day.
Three different Hornets broke par, including Big Sky Player of the Year Aaron Beverly, who leads the 40-man field with a 36-hole total of 141 (-1). Beverly's teammate Wonje Choie posted the low round of the tournament with a 69 (-3) and sits in third place with a 143 (+1) total.
The Hornets (589; +13) will take an 18-stroke lead into Sunday's final round of the 54-hole Championship. They trailed Weber State by one stroke entering the day, but their team total was 15 strokes better than anyone else in the eight-team field. Weber State (607; +31), who led after day one, is in second place only two strokes ahead of Northern Colorado (609; +33).
Big Sky Championship (Round Two Results)
|1.||Sacramento State||304-285 = 589 (+13)|
|2.||Weber State||303-304 = 607 (+31)|
|3.||Northern Colorado||306-303 = 609 (+33)|
|4.||Southern Utah||319-300 = 619 (+43)|
|5.||Hartford||309-311 = 620 (+44)|
|6.||Idaho||326-302 = 628 (+52)|
|7.||Binghamton||316-313 = 629 (+53)|
|8.||North Dakota||352-320 = 672 (+96)|
UND Individuals (Round Two Results)
|t28.||Daniel Sayler||86-75 = 161 (+17)|
|t37.||Jeremy Kirk||88-81 = 169 (+25)|
|t37.||Jordan Smith||89-80 = 169 (+25)|
|39.||Jack McClintock||89-86 = 175 (+31)|
|40.||Patrick Traynor||92-84 = 176 (+32)|
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