Eagle Golf In Tenth After Second Round of NCAA Southeast Regional
“The guys played a better round today, coming in at 3-under for the day and moving up a couple spots. We got a few birdies to fall and eliminated some of our mistakes,” said Georgia Southern head coach Larry Mays. “Tomorrow we need to come out and have a great round. I’m proud of the team for regrouping and bouncing back today.”
UCF battled for a first place hold all day with Arizona as the two were tied at 23-under with three holes remaining. UCF outlasted Arizona by two strokes to remain in first at 23-under. Coming in third is No. 1 Georgia at 11-under 557. Charlotte trails Georgia by one stroke at 558 (-12) for fourth, while South Carolina and Kentucky are tied for fifth at 8-under 560.
The first Eagle with a 2-under par tally in round two was junior Fulford, a native of Rocky Mount, N.C. Opening on the back nine, the Eagle carded a nearly perfect half with three birdies to one bogey. Making the turn at 2-under, Fulford erased a bogey on four with a birdie on seven to post an even-par front nine, securing a 69 for the day. Fulford’s second round tally jumped him to a 15th place tie on the individual standings.
Blondell, a native of Lakeland, Fla., improved his score by a team-best five strokes succeeding his opening round of 2-over par with a 3-under par second round; Blondell’s second round was highlighted by a stretch of four consecutive birdies on the front nine’s first four holes. Two bogeys on the back nine put Blondell +2 at the turn before the Eagle fired off his first of four birdies that would push him to 2-under entering hole five. The sophomore then pared the final five holes to secure a 4-under par 31 on the front half for a second round 69 placing him in a tie for 31st on the individual leader board.
As the third Eagle to card a nearly flawless round, senior Drew Lethem finished the day with an even-par 71 after an opening round 73. Lethem completed his second round with two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. The Camdenton, Missouri senior was 1-under par after the back nine before he pared the next eight holes. A bogey on hole nine put him even on the day. Lethem enters the final round on Saturday in a tie for 44th place.
Sophomore Joe Monte excised three strokes from his first round to post a 72 (+1) second round. Monte highlighted his second round with a pair of birdies on holes 14 and 17. The Chantilly, Virginia native stands tied for 57th after two rounds.
Closing out the five Eagles competing and finishing the day at 2-over was senior Ryan LeFevre. The Boca Raton, Fla. native rebounded from a 6-over par opening round by shaving four strokes in his second round. The Eagle fired off three birdies, two on the front half, for his 2-over par 73, putting him in a 69th place tie.
The final round of competition begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with Georgia Southern being led by Ryan LeFevre who tees off at 8:50 a.m. on the back nine. Fans can follow the action at www.Golfstat.com. The top five teams and top individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship in Toledo, Ohio to be played May 26-30.
TEAM RESULTS DAY TWO
1. UCF 268-277=545 (-23)
2. Arizona 270-277=547 (-21)
3. Georgia 282-274=557 (-11)
4. Charlotte 273-285=558 (-10)
T5. South Carolina 273-287=560 (-8)
T5. Kentucky, U. of 281-279=560 (-8)
7. Iowa, U. of 283-278=561 (-7)
8. Georgia State Univ. 282-280=562 (-6)
9. Florida State 277-286=563 (-5)
10. Georgia Southern 291-281=572 (+4)
11. Campbell 293-281=574 (+6)
12. Augusta State 282-293=575 (+7)
13. Indiana 294-284=578 (+10)
14. Loyola College 284-302=586 (+18)
GEORGIA SOUTHERN INDIVIDUALS DAY TWO
T15. Spencer Fulford 70-69= 139 (-3)
T31. Logan Blondell 73-69= 142 (E)
T44. Drew Lethem 73-71= 144 (+2)
T57. Joe Monte 75-72= 147 (+5)
T69. Ryan LeFevre 77-73= 150 (+8)
- Category: Golf
- Published on Friday, 15 May 2009 17:08