Three Eagles Shoot Under Par, Team in Third after Day Two at SoCon Championship
Furman gained a shot on the second day and still holds first place with a 559 (-9) two-day total. UNC Greensboro, tied with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State after round one, stands solely in second following a 10-stroke improvement. The Spartans stand at 6-under (570) with 18 holes to play. Meanwhile, Georgia Southern holds third at 576 (E) and holds an eight shot lead over fourth-place Elon at 584. Western Carolina and College of Charleston round out the top five, tying for fifth with 587s.
“We played solid today,” said head coach Larry Mays. “But we made a few too many mistakes to keep pace with the top two teams. Tomorrow is the final round and we need to come out and shoot low to finish strong.”
Furman’s Austin Reeves carded the low round of the day with a 6-under 66 to move into a two-way tie for individualist honors with teammate Garland Ferrell at 137.
Matt Deal (Statesboro, Ga.), Spence Fulford (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Joe Monte (Chantilly, Va.) all carded 1-under par 71s to ascend the leaderboard. A two stroke difference moved Fulford and Monte from a 15th-place tie into a 9th-place running, while a three stroke improvement jumped Deal from T-21 to T-14.
After a back-and-forth affair on the front nine that included three birdies and three bogeys, Fulford opened on the back nine with a birdie on ten. The senior then parred the remaining eight holes for a 1-under 71 on the day.
Fulford stands tied alongside teammate Monte knotted in ninth with 144s. Monte fired a birdie on eight to make the turn at 1-under and was one of three Eagles to birdie hole 10 to open the back nine. Consecutive bogeys followed a birdie on 14 for an even-par back nine as the junior rounded out his best round of the tournament thus far.
Deal opened his second round even after the first five holes before two birdies on the next three put the Eagle 2-under on the front nine. The Eagle then parred eight of nine holes on the back with a bogey on 16 to leave the senior at 1-under in a 14th-place tie.
With five bogeys on the back nine, Florian Sander (Bregenz, Austria) shot two birdies on both the front and back nine to improve one stroke from yesterday’s opening round. Sander, with a second round 73 and two-round 147, is tied for 24th.
Ryan Zabroske (Alpharetta, Ga.), who led the Eagles in the opening round, carded a 75 for the second round. The senior launched consecutive birdies on holes five and six, but a double bogey on nine left the Eagle even on the front. Zabroske closed out the tournament with three bogeys on the back nine to drop into a 14th-place tie.
The final round of play will take place on Tuesday, April 20. The first teams tee off at 8 a.m. with Georgia Southern starting at 8:50 a.m. led by Sander. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.
- Category: Golf
- Published on Monday, 19 April 2010 16:05