Eagles Finish Second Round of John Hayt Invitational in Sole Possession of Third Place
“It was a hard day today, the team really hung in there. Drew [Lethem] had a great round and a stellar back nine 32. Joe [Monte] played great as well and we all worked hard out there today,” said head coach Larry Mays.
LSU moved into first place over Arizona State with a 7-over par 295 second round. After finishing opening day in first, Arizona State dropped a 15-over par 303 in the second round to slip into second place. UAB, who was tied with Georgia Southern after the first round, is four shots behind the Eagles after an 18-over par 306 second round. Georgia State rounds out the top five with a 607 (+31).
Four bogeys left Lethem 4-over par after the first nine, but the senior Eagle turned around his game excelling on the back nine. Lethem stood at 2-over par after the 15th hole thanks to an opening pair of birdies on holes 10 and 11. The Eagle then birdied on 16 and carded his fourth birdie on the back nine at 18 for a 4-under par 32 back nine tally. Lethem’s 18-hole showcase put him in seventh place with an even-par 72.
Joe Monte jumped into a ninth place four-way tie after a 32nd place start to the second round. Monte’s 1-over par 73 was complimented by a front nine 1-under par 35. Going into the seventh hole, Monte was 3-over par before he finished the final three holes on a birdie, eagle and birdie, respectively, for a front nine 1-under par 35. Monte’s eagle on 8 left him in good position for his back half. The sophomore bogeyed twice on the back nine to finish the day tied for ninth. Monte’s 76-73 first two rounds put him with a 5-over 149 total.
Sophomore Logan Blondell had a tough day dropping from fourth to a tie for 16th after a second round score of 7-over 79. Blondell shot a 3-over 39 succeeded by a 4-over 40 18-hole second round. His two day total of 151 (+7) is third best on the team. Ryan LeFevre is two shots behind Blondell after a second round 78, combining with a 75 opening round for a 153 total. LeFevre posted even 3-over 39 front and back nine marks to card his 6-over 78.
Spencer Fulford rounds out the Eagles’ five with a 76-79155 two day total placing him in a tie for 41st. Fulford’s second round was highlighted by a birdie on 10.
The final round of play will begin on Tuesday for Georgia Southern at 9:30 a.m. alongside Arizona State and LSU teeing off together on the front nine.
- Category: Golf
- Published on Monday, 23 February 2009 00:23