Coastal Men's Golf in 13th After 36 Holes at Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Coastal Carolina men's golf team did not have its best performance in terms of scoring, but the team battled its way through and stands in 13th place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational after two rounds on Saturday, played at the par-70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostic Golf Course.
The Chanticleers carded a score of 14-over par (574). Fifth-ranked Vanderbilt leads the 16-team field and is one shot clear of host and sixth-ranked Florida. The Commodores shot an 8-under par 552 for 36 holes on Saturday.
Luis Ruiz leads Coastal. The junior is tied for 33rd after shooting a 1-under 69 in the opening round with a 73 in the afternoon for a 2-over 142. Thadd Obecny II paced the team through the first 18 holes, shooting a 2-under 68, but fell into a tie for 39th after shooting a 75 in the second round.
"Our effort did not reflect the score today," said CCU head coach Jim Garren. "I was really proud of what Daniel Overas and Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen were able to do in the afternoon round. Morgan Deneen finished strong and should be able to carry some momentum into the final round Sunday."
Overas is tied for 52nd, shooting a 5-over par 145, while Goth-Rasmussen is tied for 61st, shooting a 7-over 147. However, Overas started his second round with a double bogey, but off-set two bogeys with two birdies to shoot a 72. Goth-Rasmussen had 14 pars, three bogeys and two birdies for a 1-over 71 in round two. Deneen shaved four strokes off his first round 76 to shoot a 72 in the afternoon session, which started with bogeys on three of the first four holes before he carded 14 pars and a birdie too end the day.
"We are not where we want to be on the leaderboard, but there is not a huge difference in the field," Garren said. "To think we are only 16 shots out of third in a field of this caliber means there is a big opportunity for us on Sunday. While the course is playing tough, we can have a nice showing. We can't continue to struggle on the par 5's, especially against these teams. We will put together a game plan tonight and, if we execute, tomorrow should be interesting."