Men's Golf Tied for 3rd After Day 1 at Season Opener
RICHMOND, Va. - The Coastal Carolina men's golf team opened the 2017-18 season -- and the tournament for first year head coach Jim Garren, playing two rounds on Monday at the Janney VCU Shootout, and is tied for third after 36 holes with a score of 570 at the par 72, 6,927-yard Tuckahoe Creek Course at the Country Club of Virginia. The Chanticleers are led by Thadd Obecny II, who is tied for second and one stroke off the lead after carding a 7-under par 137.
The 570 total for 36 holes was the lowest recorded by a Chanticleer team since 2015 when Coastal recorded a 565 in the first two rounds of the Big South Championship.
The 54-hole event will conclude with 18 final holes on Tuesday. West Virginia and Charlotte are leading the 12-team field with scores of 561 and 564, respectively. Coastal is tied with Virginia Tech and Maryland for third and lead sixth place by five strokes.
"Overall, it was a solid day," Garren said. "We are entering the final round with a chance to win and that's what we are trying to do every time we play. Thadd had a great day and, like our team, he is in position to go for a win individually.
"We played the last two holes of the first round great and rolled that momentum into the second round," Garren added. "We dropped a few shots coming down the stretch of round two and hopefully we can clean that up. I can't say enough about Morgan (Deneen) and Andrew (Roy). To turn in the rounds they did in not only their first event, but not playing collegiate golf for three years, is nothing short of incredible."
Obecny is tied for second with his 7-under par 137. The 137 is the lowest two-round score by a Chant since Andrew Dorn fired a 6-under par 136 in March of 2015. Obecny shot a career-low 67 in the opening round and followed that with a 2-under par 70.
Obecny started his day with a bogey on the second hole. The senior then birdied six of his last 17 holes for his 5-under 67. In the second round, he was 2-under through his first 11 holes before dropping shots on his 12th and 4th holes. He bounced back to birdie holes 17 and 18 for his 3-under 70 in the afternoon session.
Senior Morgan Deneen, making his collegiate debut, is tied for 21st after turning in a 1-under par 143. Deneen, a walk-on who joined the team from CCU's Professional Golf Management program, eagled the first hole of his career. He fell back to even through three holes before posting a birdie on his fourth hole. Bogeys on holes 10, 12 and 13 dropped Deneen to 2-over. He would birdie the 15th hole to finish the morning round with a 1-over 73. In the second round, he carded five birdies with two bogeys and rocketed up 10 spots on the leaderboard with his 2-under par 70.
Luis Ruiz had rounds of 74-71 and he is tied for 27th with a 1-over par 145. Ruiz, like Deneen, shot up 10 spots from the morning round to the afternoon. The junior turned in a pair of double bogeys in the first round, but had three birdies for his 74, including a birdie on his final hole. He rallied in the second round, starting with two birdies and a bogey. He fell to 1-over after bogeys on holes 12 and 15. However, he finished with birdies on two of his final four holes, including his final hole for the second time.
Andrew Roy is playing as an individual. Like Deneen, Roy joined the team from the CCU PGM program and is tied for 33rd with a 2-over par 146. Roy birdied his first collegiate hole and went on to reel off five birdies and 12 pars before dropping a shot on his last hole for a 4-under par 68. He was 6-over in the afternoon.
Goth-Rasmussen shot an even-par 72 in the opening round while Overas improved 10 shots in the second round to shoot a 73. Goth-Rasmussen is tied for 65th (72-81=153) and Overas is in 70th (83-73=156.