Jim Kelson and Casey VanDamme
April 21, 2012
Rick Lamb fired his second straight 67 and, thanks to a competitor's late misstep, finds himself tied for overall lead through two rounds of the 2012 SEC Men's Golf Championship.
Tennessee held on after a rough start Saturday to settle into a tie for seventh place with 18 holes remaining at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Vols shot 10-over-par 290, and their two-day total of 15-over 575 puts them on even terms with Vanderbilt and three shots behind Mississippi (572).
Alabama (546) stretched its team lead during the day from one shot to 11 over second-place Auburn and Georgia (both 557). This despite the fact that the hottest Crimson Tide golfer of the weekend, Bobby Wyatt, doubled the 18th hole to fall into a tie for the individual lead with Lamb.
Florida (561) and Arkansas (566) round out the top five in the team standings.
Two weeks ago, Lamb won his first collegiate tournament by a single stroke at the Yale Spring Opener. Through 36 holes at the SEC Championship, Lamb has eight birdies against only two bogeys in vying to make it two wins in a row.
Porteous started slow and was 3 over through five holes after his first double-bogey of the tournament. But consecutive birdies at the sixth and seventh holes helped turn things around, and Porteous parred 10 straight holes before a closing bogey.
The senior captain shot 36 on both sides Saturday and is tied for 18th place at 1-over 141.
Vandeventer improved by one stroke over his Friday effort thanks to his first birdie of the weekend at the par-4 11th hole. Otherwise, the junior carded five bogeys for the second day in a row on a 38-36 scorecard and is tied for 46th place at 9-over 149.
Keddie posted his second straight 77 when he doubled the closing 18th for a 39-38 card. It was the sophomore's second double-bogey of the day and third of the tournament. Keddie also had three bogeys Saturday and is tied for 54th place at 14-over 154.
Rodgers never could recover after doubling the par-4 fourth and fifth holes. The sophomore had another double-bogey at No. 15 to go with six bogeys and nine pars for a 40-42 scorecard. Rodgers is tied for 58th place at 16-over 156.
Tennessee's final round begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on the No. 10 tee, playing alongside Vanderbilt and either Kentucky or South Carolina. Georgia's coastal forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms and a high of 77, with winds northwesterly from 10-20 mph.
|T-9.||South Carolina||289-289--578 (+18)|
|11.||Mississippi State||289-290--579 (+19)|
|T-1.||Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE||67-67--134 (-6)|
|T-1.||Bobby Wyatt, Alabama||65-69--134 (-6)|
|3.||Justin Thomas, Alabama||68-67--135 (-5)|
|T-4.||Michael Johnson, Auburn||68-69--137 (-3)|
|T-4.||Chad Ramey, Mississippi State||67-70--137 (-3)|
|T-4.||T.J. Vogel, Florida||67-70--137 (-3)|
|T-1.||Rick Lamb||67-67--134 (-6)|
|T-18.||Garrick Porteous||69-72--141 (+1)|
|T-46.||Jay Vandeventer||75-74--149 (+9)|
|T-54.||Danny Keddie||77-77--154 (+14)|
|T-58.||Brandon Rodgers||74-82--156 (+16)|