ROCKY FACE, Ga. - Sophomore standout Curtis Thompson followed his 1-under par 71 in Friday's opening round with a 2-under par 70 in Saturday's second round to help lead the Tigers into a tie for third place heading into the final round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic at The Farm Golf Club.
Thompson is on the cusp of his first top-10 finish at the collegiate level after moving himself into a tie for 11th place on the leaderboard at 3-under par 141 for the championship.
Thompson helped the Tigers break par for the second-straight day as they posted a 1-under 287 during the second round to finish the day in a three-way tie for third place with a 36-hole score of 3-under par 573. It is also a score held by the likes of No. 1-ranked Alabama and No. 24-ranked Clemson.
The No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Texas Longhorns fired a tournament record round 22-under par 266 on Saturday to move from a tie for 11th place at the start of their day into sole possession of first place in the race for the team title The Longhorns carry a three-stroke lead over the Georgia Bulldogs into Sunday's final round with their leading 36-hole score of 17-under par 559.
Texas shattered the tournament's previous scoring record for a single round at 14-under 274 that was held by Tennessee in 2009 and Georgia Tech in 2011 each in the final round.
Thompson was solid throughout his second round as he carded two birdies and one bogey on each side en route to a team-low 2-under par 70 while climbing four spots on the leaderboard.
He sandwiched a bogey at the par-three fifth hole between birdies at the par-four fourth and sixth holes as he made the turn at 1-under par for his round. After falling back to even-par with a bogey on the par-three 11th hole, Thompson birdied the par-five 12th and par-four 14th holes coming in for a score of 70.
Fellow sophomore Stewart Jolly also finished in red figures to lead the Tigers in the second round, ending Saturday's action with a 1-under 71 for the day and a 36-hole score of 1-under 143 to finish in a tie for 16th place. Junior Andrew Presley followed his 1-under par 71 on Friday with an even-par 72 on Saturday as he also wrapped up the afternoon in a tie for 16th place with Jolly at 1-under par 143.
Freshman Zach Wright added a 2-over 74 toward LSU's team score as he wrapped up the day tied for 30th place at 2-over 146 for the championship. Junior Landon Lyons carded his second-straight score of 4-over par 76 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 62nd place at 8-over 152 after 36 holes.
Brandon Stone fired a tournament record to lead the charge for the Longhorns in the second round with an impressive 9-under par 63 to overtake Georgia's T.J. Mitchell for the individual lead.
Stone carded a bogey-free round with nine birdies on the day to take over a one-shot lead over Mitchell at 12-under par 132 for the championship. After taking the lead with a 7-under 65 in the first round, Mitchell added 4-under 68 on Saturday for a 36-hole score of 11-under par 133. Jordan Spieth posted a 6-under par 66 for the Longhorns to move into third place overall at 8-under 136.
The Tigers are paired with Georgia and Texas in Sunday's final round as they are slated to tee off with the final wave off the front nine beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT. Live scoring of the final round of the 2012 Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic will be provided by Golfstat and available online at www.golfstat.com.
CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC - SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Texas 293-266 - 559 -17; 2. Georgia 278-284 - 562 -14; T3. LSU 286-287 - 573 -3; T3. Alabama 284-289 - 573 -3; T3. Clemson 292-281 - 573 -3; 6. Wake Forest 288-286 - 574 -2; 7. Chattanooga 292-286 - 578 +2; T8. Auburn 289-290 - 579 +3; T8. North Florida 291-288 - 579 +3; 10. North Carolina 291-293 - 584 +8; T11. Tennessee 299-290 - 589 +13; T11. Kennesaw State 293-296 - 589 +13; T13. South Carolina 296-296 - 592 +16; T13. Georgia Tech 301-291 - 592 +16; 15. Middle Tennessee State 292-315 - 607 +31.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
1. Brandon Stone, Texas, 69-63 - 132 -12; 2. T.J. Mitchell, Georgia, 65-68 - 133 -11; 3. Jordan Spieth, Texas, 70-66 - 136 -8; T4. MJ Maguire, North Florida, 70-68 - 138 -6; T4. Michael McGowan, North Carolina, 69-69 - 138 -6; T6. Lee McCoy, Georgia, 68-71 - 139 -5; T6. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 67-72 - 139 -5; T8. Stephen Behr, Clemson, 71-69 - 140 -4; T8. Ben Greene, Kennesaw State, 70-70 - 140 -4; T8. Liam Johnston, Chattanooga, 70-70 - 140 -4.