Feb. 15, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla - The Coastal Carolina men's golf team opened its 2014 portion of their schedule, playing 36 holes at the SunTrust Invitational hosted by Florida at the par 70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostic Golf Course. The 14-team field features eight teams ranked among the nation's top 46.
The Chanticleers turned in rounds of 306-292 and their two-round total of 598 puts Coastal in 13th place. Arkansas, ranked 21st nationally, leads with a 36-hole score of 570, followed by #34 Mercer, #20 Florida State and #16 Vanderbilt. Other ranked teams include #8 UAB, which is in seventh, #46 North Florida (8th-tie), #5 UCF (8th-tie) and #24 Liberty (11th).
Alfredo Ruiz helped the Chanticleers take six strokes off their team score from round one to round two. The freshman opened with an 82 - having just three pars and two birdies, but knocked 12 strokes off that total for an even-par round of 70. He reeled of 14 pars and off-set two bogeys with birdies on holes 10 and 11. He is tied for 57 with a 12-over 152 through two rounds.
Andrew Dorn and Ben Wheeler each turned in rounds of 73 in the afternoon session. Dorn opened with a 76 and his 9-over 149 puts the junior in a tie for 40th. Wheeler is tied for 50th with an 11-over 151 (78-73), shaving five strokes off his morning session.
Roberto Ballesteros is tied for 46th, shooting 74-76 for a 36 total of 150. He had 14 pars and four bogeys in the first round before opening the second round with five straight bogeys. However, he was even par over the next 11 holes, getting a birdie and a bogey, before finishing with a bogey and a 6-over 76.
Christopher Williams rounded out CCU's contingent. The freshman shot 78-76 (156) and is tied for 61st.
The SunTrust Invitational will conclude Sunday with 18 final holes.