The Vols fired a 16-over-par 200, improving one stroke on Thursday’s opening round performance, and are only four strokes back of being one of the 10 teams who will advance to the NCAA Championships. Cold temperatures and high winds made for tough conditions on the links throughout the day.
The third and final round is scheduled to being Saturday at 7 a.m. Eastern time using a split-tee format. The weather forecast calls for more wind and rain.
“We played a fairly solid round of golf in some very difficult weather conditions,” Tennessee coach Jim Kelson said. “Tomorrow looks to be an even more challenging day from a weather standpoint. We are definitely still in position to advance, we just need one solid round tomorrow.”
Wake Forest extended their lead over the field to 10 strokes with a 3-over-par 287 in the second round. Alabama holds in second place at 19 over par for the tournament. Illinois and Penn State are tied for third at 22 over par. Eastern Kentucky is one stroke back in fifth place.
Senior Charlie Ford fired a 4-over-par 75 in the second round but maintained his position in the top 10 of the individual standings, tied for eighth. Ford is six strokes back of Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway. The England native was 1 over through the front nine and shot par-or-better on seven of the nine holes on the back nine but a triple-bogey on No. 14 hurt his score.
Philip Pettitt also carded a 4-over-par 75 and is in 59th place heading into the final round. The senior scattered three birdies on the day but struggled with four bogeys on the back nine.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Lawrence improved on his first round score, shooting a 5-over-par 76 on Friday. Lawrence is tied for 81st place with a scorecard of 77-76--153.
Junior Chris Paisley finished the day with a 5-over-par 76 to find himself tied for 91st. He played a pretty consistent round with only three bogeys and pars on 14 of 18 holes.
David Holmes shot a 3-over-par 74 in the second round, an eight-stroke improvement over the first round. The sophomore went even on the front nine before finishing with four bogeys on the back nine. He is tied for 103rd place going into the final round.
Live results of Saturday’s final round can be found at www.utsports.com and www.golfstat.com.
|1.||Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State||70-69--139|
|2.||Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest||69-72--141|
|3.||Dustin Groves, Wake Forest||72-70--142|
|4.||Webb Simpson, Wake Forest||72-71--143|
|5.||Jorge Campillo, Indiana||71-73--144|
|Mark Harrell, Alabama||70-74--144|
|Jesse Massie, Estern Kentucky||73-71--144|