Eagles in Eighth After 36 Holes at Administaff Augusta State Invitational
Host No. 42 Augusta State leads the field of 17 at 25-under par, 551, six shots ahead of second place No. 20 Central Florida (557). ASU set a tournament record for 36 holes, topping a tournament low 24-under par originally set by Clemson in 2003. No. 38 Chattanooga trails UCF by two strokes in third place with a two round total 559, two shots ahead of fourth place Kent State (561). Rounding out the top five is No. 46 Coastal Carolina with opening rounds 279 and 283 for a team total 14-under par 562.
Senior LeFevre stood in a tie for 34th after his opening round 1-under par 71 tallied with four birdies, one bogey and a double bogey. But the Boca Raton, Fla. native fired a 4-under par 68 in round two to draw an opening day 5-under 139, putting him in a tie for 12th place heading in to the final round on Sunday. LeFevre started on hole 12 in a shotgun start for the second round and carded seven birdies on two bogeys for a 4-under 68 second half.
Teeing off on hole 10, Lethem played steady golf with 11 pars while four birdies expunged three bogeys on the front nine to close out an opening round 1-under par. The senior Eagle began his second round with a bogey on 10 followed by three pars before a birdie on 14 cleaned his slate for an even-par back nine 36. Four pars to open the front nine preceded three consecutive birdies and a bogey on hole eight to finish round at two 2-under par 70. Lethem’s 141 day one tally places him in a five-way tie for 26th.
After turning in a 1-over par 73 in the first round, sophomore Blondell carded a 3-under par 69 second round for a 2-under par 142 opening day tally, putting him in a 31st place tie. Three birdies could not erase four bogeys the Eagle shot on the first 18, but a stellar second round left him sub-par for the day. With 13 pars, just one bogey and four birdies in round two, the Lakeland, Fla. native pulled out a 3-under par 69 to finish out the day at 2-under par.
Trailing Blondell by three strokes and standing in a 57th place tie is fellow classmate Joe Monte who shot a 145 on the day. Despite seven bogeys in round one, Monte’s opening round was highlighted with an eagle on hole one and four birdies to leave him at 1-over par before the second round. Teeing off on hole 11, the sophomore pulled in a 2-under par back nine before coming in at 2-over par on the front half for a level-par tally.
Rounding out the Eagles’ lineup is senior Jordan Johnstun, who finished day one in a tie for 82nd with opening rounds of 76 and 74. After opening at 4-over par, Johnstun offset a double bogey in round two with three birdies giving him a 2-over 74 second round. The Evans, Georgia native shot 150 (+6) for the day.
The five Eagles combined for an opening round 288 and second round 279 for a day one total 567.
Competing for Georgia Southern on an individual basis, Spencer Fulford posted a perfect opening round with nine pars, two bogeys and seven birdies, five on the back nine, to tie his career low 18 holes with a 5-under par 67. The junior’s stellar 18 holes put him in a tie for 3rd place heading in to the second round where he tallied a 1-over par 73. With a 4-under 140 day one tally, Fulford stands in a tie for 17th.
Georgia Southern tees off for the final round on Sunday on the front nine at 8:09 a.m. Fans can follow the action with live stats via www.Golfstat.com. The Eagles are paired with Georgia State and VCU.
- Category: Golf
- Published on Saturday, 04 April 2009 00:14