Men's Golf in 6th After Round 2 of 3 at ETSU
JONESBORUGH, Tenn. - Coastal Carolina shot under par as a team for the second straight day, carding a 4-under 284, but dropped two spots to sixth in day two of three at the 15-team ETSU Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, played at the par 72, 7,147-yard Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.
The 54-hole event will conclude with a final 18 holes Sunday.
As a team, Coastal has been below par in all eight rounds this season, shooting 282 and 284 at ETSU. Luis Ruiz shot an even par 72 but dropped into a tie for 10th while Thadd Obecny II carded a 3-under par 69 and moved up seven spots into a tie for 14th. With their rounds today, both Ruiz and Obecny have shot par or better in seven of their eight rounds this season.
Penn State continues to lead the way, extending its day-one lead to a total of nine strokes thanks to a 36-hole total of 549 (27-under par). Missouri shot 15-under Saturday and jumped five spots into second place (558). Rounding out the top six are Kent State (559), Louisville (559), Tennessee (562) and Coastal Carolina (566). Host ETSU is seventh, six shots behind Coastal, followed by UNC Wilmington, East Carolina and Virginia.
"I said yesterday that there were some really good teams here and it showed today," head coach Jim Garren said. "Scores were low today and the course was really getable. The guys played steady and fought hard. I was proud of the effort again. We just did not have a guy go low today to provide us the fire power needed to keep pace with Penn State. All in all, it was a solid day. We just need to get it going tomorrow and see if something special may happen."
Ruiz turned in 14 pars Saturday and offset two bogeys with two birdies for his 72. The junior has a two-day total of 139 (5-under par; 67-72).
Obecny's day started slow as he was two-over par after seven holes. However, the senior recorded pars on holes 8, 10, 13, 14 and 17 with six pars over his final 11 holes to fire a 3-under par 69. His 36-hole score of 140 (71-69) is one stroke out of 10th and tied for 14th.
Morgan Deneen was CCU's big mover up the leaderboard Saturday as he jumped 12 spots into a tie for 38th (74-71=145). Deneen was 1-over par at the turn with three bogeys and two birdies. However, he played the inward nine with two birdies and seven pars to card his 1-under par 71.
States Fort, like Ruiz, played well, but his even-par round Saturday dropped the sophomore 11 spots into a tie for 22nd with a two-day total of 142 (70-72). He had three bogeys and three pars in round two to shoot his 72.
Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen also shot an even par 72 on Saturday, but his effort moved the freshman up 11 spots into a tie for 72nd with a 36-hole score of 153 (81-72). Andrew Roy improved by two strokes over his opening-round score and is tied for 75th with a total of 154 (78-760).