Feb. 4, 2013
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - After struggling to a score of 307 in the first round Monday, the 46th-ranked Coastal Carolina men's golf team rallied to shoot 289 in round two to stand in third place in the 15-team SeaBest Invitational, played at the par 72, 6.977-yard PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Tennessee, ranked 26th, is in first with a 36-hole score of 579 (300-279), followed by #30 Texas A&M 585 (289-296) and the Chanticleers (596).
Ballesteros is tied for ninth with a two-round score of 148. The junior opened with a six-over 78 before answering with a 2-under 70 in the afternoon. His morning round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 16th. In the afternoon, Ballesteros, starting on hole 6, opened with a birdie and posted a birdie three holes later. He would card bogeys on holes 11, 13 and 15 before recording birdies on holes 1, 4 and 5 for his 2-under par 70.
Wheeler shaved an amazing 13 strokes off his first-round score. After shooting a career-high 81 in the morning thanks to three double bogeys, the sophomore bounced back to shoot a 4-under 68, his second-lowest career round, in the afternoon to tie for 13th with a 36-hole score of 149. Wheeler, who started on hole 7, had pars on his first seven holes in round two before a bogey on hole 14. He finished his round with birdies on holes 16, 1, 2, 4 and 6
Andrew Dorn is also tied for 13th with a 36-hole score of 149. He was 1-over in round one thanks to three bogeys and two birdies. In round two, the sophomore posted a 4-over par 76.
Easton Renwick is on pace for a career-high finish as the sophomore is tied for 19th with a two-round score of 8-over par 152. (His best career finish is a 45th-place finish earlier this season.) Renwick opened with a bogey and was 4-over through seven holes before finishing 1-under over his final 11 holes for a 3-over 75. In the second round, Renwick had two birdies, but a triple bogey on the par 4 14th led to his 5-over 77 in the afternoon.
Soderberg is tied for 44th with a 12-over 156. The senior, ranked 62nd in the NCAA and entered with season stroke average of 71.75, shot an 81 in the first round, marking his worst round since also carding an 81 at the end of his sophomore season. Soderberg played a key role in the team's second-round surge, shooting 75.
The team's will play a final 18 holes Tuesday.