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Mercer senior James Beale fired a 2-under 70 to lead the men's golf team's charge into the lead on Monday's second day of the Atlantic Sun Championship at The Legends Course of Chateau Elan.

Mercer's 291 was the day's low round and helped the Bears vault in front of Kennesaw State on the team leaderboard. The second round 291 came on the heels on an opening round 290 to position the team two shots ahead of the Owls.

East Tennessee State and North Florida are tied for third place with two-day totals of 592, while Jacksonville occupies fifth place at 603.

Beale's Monday 70 was three strokes better than his opening round effort and left him in sole possession of the individual lead at the event. Entering Tuesday's final round, Beale holds a one stroke lead on a group of four players tied for second place.

One of those players is Mercer junior Trey Rule, who carded a 2-over 73 on Monday to move into the four-way tie for second. Rule posted a 1-under 71 on Sunday to start the event.

Freshman Emmanuel Kountakis followed a 1-under 71 on Sunday with a 77 in Monday's action and is part of a six-way tie for eighth place overall. Senior Hans Reimers and freshman Sean Smothers are both tied for 14th with two-day totals of 149. Both players carded 75's on Sunday and 74's on Monday.

Mercer will attempt to secure the program's first conference championship in history on Tuesday, as the final round gets underway at 8 a.m.

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