Men's Golf Tied Fourth After Two at John Hayt
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - With sophomore Curtis Thompson carding a team-low 1-over par 73 in Monday's second round, the 12th-ranked LSU men's golf team wrapped up the second day of action at the John Hayt Invitational in a four-way tie for fourth place overall with a 36-hole score of 11-over par 587 in the event being held at Sawgrass Country Club.
The Tigers posted a 9-over 297 on Monday to finish the day in a tie for fourth place with No. 7-ranked Florida, No. 14-ranked Arkansas and North Texas with matching 36-hole scores of 11-over par 587.
The 25th-ranked North Florida Ospreys will tee off in Tuesday's final round with a commanding 12-shot lead in the team race after following a 12-under 276 on Monday with a 5-under 283 on Tuesday for a leading score of 17-under par 559 at the par-72 layout. No. 11-ranked Duke is 12 strokes off the pace in second place at 5-under 571, followed by Central Florida in third place overall at 9-over 585.
Thompson set the pace for the Tigers with a score of 1-over 73 in the second round as he wrapped up the day in a tie for 12th place on the leaderboard at even-par 216 for 36 holes.
Fellow sophomore Stewart Jolly matched Thompson's effort with a 1-over 73 on Monday afternoon after opening the tournament with a score of 6-over 78 on Sunday. Jolly vaulted 20 spots on the board to finish the day in a tie for 50th place overall with his two-round total of 7-over par 151.
Sophomore Myles Lewis carded a 2-over 74 and junior Andrew Presley added a 5-over 77 toward LSU's final team score in Monday's second round to end the round in a tie for 20th place at 2-over par 146 for the championship. Junior Smylie Kaufman will head into Tuesday's final round in a tie for 83rd place at 17-over par 161 for the tournament.
North Florida teammates Kevin Phelan and Sean Dale are locked in a battle for the individual crown after separating themselves from the rest of the field.
After blowing away the field with a bogey-free 8-under par 64 in the opening round, Phelan fired a 5-under par 67 in the second round to wrap up Monday's action with a four-shot lead over Dale with his score of 13-under par 131 in 36 holes. Dale has posted rounds of 4-under 68 and 5-under 67 to move into second place at 9-under 135 for the championship.
The Tigers are paired with Arkansas and North Texas in Tuesday's final round and will tee off on holes Nos. 3-5 with a shotgun start set for 7:30 a.m. CT. Golfstat will provide live scoring for the final round and can be found online at www.golfstat.com. Fans can also receive updates of the Tigers competing on Tuesday by liking LSU Men's Golf on Facebook and following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter.
JOHN HAYT INVITATIONAL - SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. North Florida 276-283 - 559 -17; 2. Duke 282-289 - 571 -5; 3. Central Florida 286-299 - 585 +9; T4. LSU 290-297 - 587 +11; T4. Arkansas 293-294 - 587 +11; T4. Florida 292-295 - 587 +11; T4. North Texas 293-294 - 587 +11; 8. Tulsa 292-297 - 589 +13; T9. Coastal Carolina 291-300 - 591 +15; T9. Jacksonville 295-296 - 591 +15; T11. Alabama-Birmingham 292-300 - 592 +16; T11. Tennessee 294-298 - 592 +16; 13. Mercer 301-298 - 599 +23; 14. Ole Miss 311-299 - 610 +34; 15. Furman 301-312 - 613 +37.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Kevin Phelan, North Florida, 64-67 - 131 -13; 2. Sean Dale, North Florida, 68-67 - 135 -9; T3. Brinson Paolini, Duke, 71-69 - 140 -4; T3. Austin Cody, Duke, 70-70 - 140 -4; T3. Ricardo Gouveia, Central Florida, 68-72 - 140 -4; 6. Joe Stepnes, North Florida, 68-73 - 141 -3*; T7. Cyril Suk, Jacksonville, 69-73 - 142 -2; T7. Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina, 68-74 - 142 -2; T9. JD Tomlinson, Florida, 73-70 - 143 -1; T9. Trey Rule, Mercer, 71-72 - 143 -1; T9. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas, 71-72 - 143 -1.