Oct. 13, 2012
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Coastal Carolina shot the best round of the day with a 6-under 282 Saturday, thanks to a round of 68 by Roberto Ballesteros and a 70 by Sebastian Soderberg, to move up four spots to sixth in the 13-team Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, played at the par 72, 7,147-yard Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.
Tennessee, ranked 31st nationally, leads the field with a two-day score of 567 (280-287) and are followed by Virginia (570), #12 Missouri (571), Memphis (571), #39 Virginia Tech (572). Coastal is only three strokes behind second with a 36-hole total of 573 (291-282). The Chants lead seventh-place Wake Forest, who is ranked 21st nationally, by two strokes.
Ballesteros moved from 39th into a tie for sixth with his 4-under 68 - missing his career-low round by one stroke, while Soderberg carded a 2-under 70 to move from 12th into a tie for sixth. Ballesteros (73-68) and Soderberg (71-70) each have two-day total of 141, two shot off second place.
Ballesteros did not post a single bogey over his 18 holes Saturday, posting pars and birdies on holes 5, 11, 13 and 14.
Soderberg's card was not as clean, getting two bogeys and a double bogey. However, the senior had four birdies and an eagle to turn in his 2-under 70. Soderberg now has shot par or better in five of his eight rounds. He was 5-under par over three rounds to place third in the season opener, 5-over par over three rounds to place fifth in the team's second event and is 3-under over two rounds at ETSU.
Andrew Dorn, who was in fourth after day one with a 2-under 70, fell into a tie for 14th, shooting a 2-over 74 Saturday and giving him a 36-hole total of 74. The sophomore had two bogeys and two birdies, including one on the 15th hole and one of the 18th, but suffered a double bogey on the 16th hole.
Ben Wheeler played a key role in the team's success as he jumped 18 spots to 46th (tie), cutting six strokes off his first day score (77) by posting a 1-under 71 Saturday and two-day total of 148. Wheeler birdied the second hole, but closed the front nine with three consecutive birdies. He rallied with birdies on holes 13, 14 and 15 but took a bogey on 17. He finished strong with a birdie on 18 to finish with his 71.
Peter Valasek trimmed four strokes off his first round total (77) to shoot 1-over 73 Saturday, moving him from 64th to 55th (tie). The sophomore was 3-over at the turn, but had birdies on holes 12, 13 and 16 to get back to even par before a bogey on the 17th hole led to his 73. Kevin Vanden Heuvel, playing as an individual, shot 83 Saturday and his two-day total of 161 puts the junior in 71st (tie).
The Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate will conclude with 18 holes Sunday.