Golfer Yi in Contention for First Collegiate Title
AWENDAW, S.C. - LSU senior Sang Yi finds himself in a familiar position in the wake of Monday's second round at the eighth-annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate as he fired a 3-under par 69 to finish the day just two shots off the pace and in contention for his first collegiate victory in the tournament being held this week at picturesque Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.
Yi, who has opened the 2012 spring season with three-straight top-10 finishes in three previous starts, sits in a six-way tie for third place on the individual leaderboard with a 36-hole score of 5-under 139 as he has now broken par in six of his last eight rounds as he prepares to tee off in Tuesday's final round.
Sophomore Andrew Presley matched Yi's effort with a score of 3-under par 69 on Monday as they helped lead the Tigers to a team score of 1-under par 287 on the afternoon. LSU owns a 36-hole effort of 3-under par 573 while wrapping up the second round in sixth place in the team standings.
The No. 3-ranked Auburn Tigers have distanced themselves from the rest of the 15-team field while firing a tournament-low 13-under 275 on Monday to take a seven-shot lead at 16-over 560 in 36 holes.
The 15th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies and Kentucky Wildcats are each seven shots back in a tie for second place at 9-under par 567 for the three-day, 54-hole championship, while the NC State Wolfpack follows in fourth place at 6-under 570 and the North Carolina Tar Heels trail in fifth place at 5-under 571.
Yi has already earned top-10 finishes this spring with a tie for fourth place at the John Hayt Invitational, a second place at the Louisiana Classics and a tie for ninth place at the Argent Financial Classic.
The native of Carrollton, Texas, will certainly face strong resistance in a bid for his first collegiate victory as he is among 12 players among four shots of the individual lead heading into Tuesday's final round.
Texas A&M All-American Cameron Peck has carded scores of 2-under 70 and 5-under 67 to claim a one-shot lead over Auburn's Blayne Barber in the race for medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 7-under par 137. Yi stands in a six-way tie for third place at 5-under par 139 with Kentucky's Cody Martin and David Snyder, Auburn's Dominic Bozzelli, Ole Miss' Joe David and Texas A&M's Jordan Russell.
Presley has put himself in a position for a third-straight top-10 finish after finishing Monday's action only four shots off the lead in a tie for 10th place overall with his two-day total of 3-under par 141. After taking his first career victory in an LSU uniform at the Louisiana Classics, Presley tied for sixth place in his start at the Argent Financial Classic in LSU's last outing two weeks ago.
Senior Austin Gutgsell posted a 1-over 73 on Monday afternoon to move into a tie for 36th place overall at 3-over 147 after 36 holes of the championship. Sophomore Smylie Kaufman added a score of 4-over 76 toward LSU's team total in the second round to tie for 31st place overall at 2-over 146.
Tiger freshman Curtis Thompson followed his 4-over 76 in the opening round on Sunday with an 8-over 80 in the second round on Monday to finish the day in 72nd place at 12-over 156 for the event.
The Tigers will play alongside South Carolina and Texas A&M in Tuesday's final round as the begin play in the second wave off the front nine with tee times starting at 9:50 a.m. CDT. Golfstat will provide live scoring of the final round of the championship at www.golfstat.com.
HOOTIE AT BULLS BAY INTERCOLLEGIATE - SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Auburn 285-275 - 560 -16; T2. Kentucky 285-282 - 567 -9; T2. Texas A&M 289-278 - 567 -9; 4. NC State 291-279 - 570 -6; 5. North Carolina 290-281 - 571 -5; 6. LSU 286-287 - 573 -3; 7. Ole Miss 292-282 - 574 -2; 8. Virginia 287-289 - 576 E; 9. South Carolina 291-290 - 581 +5; 10. Augusta State 294-294 - 588 +12; T11. Maryland 293-299 - 592 +16; T11. Wofford 294-298 - 592 +16; 13. College of Charleston 295-300 - 595 +19; 14. Wake Forest 298-299 - 597 +21; 15. Wisconsin 301-298 - 599 +23.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Cameron Peck, Texas A&M, 70-67 - 137 -7; 2. Blayne Barber, Auburn, 72-66 - 138 -6; T3. Sang Yi, LSU, 70-69 - 139 -5; T3. Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn, 71-68 - 139 -5; T3. Joe David, Ole Miss, 71-68 - 139 -5; T3. Cody Martin, Kentucky, 71-68 - 139 -5; T3. Jordan Russell, Texas A&M, 71-68 - 139 -3; T3. David Snyder, Kentucky, 70-69 - 139 -5; 9. Niclas Carlsson, Auburn, 70-70 - 140 -4; T10. Andrew Presley, LSU, 72-69 - 141 -3; T10. Albin Choi, NC State, 73-68 - 141 -3; T10. Mitchell Sutton, NC State, 71-70 - 141 -3.