Men's Golf Surges Into Lead in Hootie
AWENDAW, S.C. – Led by a tournament-low team score of 3-under par 285 in the second round, the 15th-ranked LSU men’s golf team surged into the lead during Monday’s action at the ninth-annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in a second round that was halted due to darkness down the homestretch at Bulls Bay Golf Club.
Players who have yet to finish the second round will resume play Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. CT, while the final round will follow with a shotgun start at approximately 8:30 a.m.
After finishing the opening round in sixth place in the team standings with a total of 16-over par 304, the Tigers fired a 3-under par 285 in the second round for a one-stroke lead over the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils as one of nine teams in the 15-team field to finish play in the afternoon.
No. 36-ranked Missouri trails LSU by three strokes at 16-over par for the tournament as its squad will finish up the second round on Tuesday morning, while NC State follows in fourth place at 18-over par 594 and North Carolina rounds out the top five in fifth place overall at 23-over par 599 after 36 holes of competition.
As he has all season long, junior All-SEC and All-America candidate Andrew Presley paced the Tigers while finishing his second round just one shot out of the lead in third place on the leaderboard.
Presley followed a 1-under par 71 in the morning with an even-par 72 in the afternoon for an impressive 36-hole score of 1-under par 143 on a blustery day of competition at Bulls Bay Golf Club. Presley carded a squad-leading eight birdies on the day along with five bogeys and one double bogey en route to a score of 1-under 143 in his two rounds. The Tiger junior is seeking his second tournament championship of the season and his third as an LSU Tiger as he also won the Louisiana Classics as a sophomore last spring and David Toms Intercollegiate as a junior this past fall.
Presley is locked in a tight battle with NC State’s Albin Choi and Duke’s Mads Soegaard for medalist honors as Choi and Soegaard are tied atop the leaderboard at 2-under 142 after 36 holes.
The Tigers were also led into first place in the team standings by sophomores Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson as they wrapped up the afternoon round in a tie for 16th place at 5-over par 149. Jolly followed his 6-over 78 in the first round with a 1-under 71 in the second round, while Thompson ended the day with an even-par 72 in the second round after opening with a 5-over 77 in the first round.
Freshman Zach Wright also rebounded from a difficult start with a team-leading 2-under par 70 in the afternoon following an 8-over par 80 in the morning action.
Sophomore Myles Lewis posted a two-round total of 9-over par 153 during Monday’s action to tie for 35th place overall on the leaderboard, including a 6-over 78 in the first round and 3-over 75 in the second round.
Pairings for the shotgun start in the final round will be determined following the conclusion of the second round as six teams will take to the course at 6:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday morning. Golfstat is set to provide the live scoring of Tuesday’s action at the ninth-annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at www.golfstat.com.