AUGUSTA, Ga. - UNC Greensboro shot a second round 278 - the third lowest team score in school history - on its way to a seventh place standing Saturday after two rounds at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational men's golf tournament.
Will Bowman fired a career-best 66 in the second round, which tied for the fifth lowest round in school history. It was the lowest score by a Spartan since Drew Younts' school record 63 at the Mission Inn Collegiate Invitational in 2007. Bowman is tied for seventh at 137 after 36 holes and could have a shot at the school's 54-hole scoring record of 205 held by Andy Bare.
An 18-team field that includes 11 teams ranked in the Top 50 by Golfstat tore up the course at Forest Hills GC on Saturday. Only one of the 36 rounds carded by teams on Saturday were over 300. Ninth-ranked Augusta State has the team lead at 544, eight shots better than South Carolina. The Gamecocks made quite the run on Saturday afternoon, however, shooting a 22-under par 266 in the second round.
Augusta State's Patrick Reed has the lead entering Sunday's final round after rounds of 66 and 67 put him at 11-under par. Alabama's Bud Cauley and Clemson's Corbin Mills are second, two shots off the lead. Bowman is part of a five-way tie for seventh place, four shots off the pace.
UNCG's Robert Hoadley carded consecutive rounds of 70 to sit at four-under 140, seven shots off the lead, while Ryan Heisey is two-under par and in a tie for 29th place.
Sunday's final round will get underway with tee times off of Nos. 1 and 10 beginning at 9 a.m. UNCG will be in the 9 a.m. group off of the No. 1 tee.
TEAM SCORING: Augusta State 544, South Carolina 552, Tennessee 559, Clemson 560, Duke 563, Georgia Southern 563, UNCG 564, Illinois 571, USC Aiken 571, Alabama 571, Chattanooga 573, Kent State 574, Virginia Tech 579, Minnesota 581, Coastal Carolina 583, Lamar 584, Houston 588, Georgia State 592.
Top 10: 1. Patrick Reed (Augusta State) 66-67=133; T-2. Bud Cauley (Alabama) 69-66=135; T-2. Corbin Mills (Clemson) 68-67=135; T-4. Henrik Norlander (Augusta State) 68-68=136; T-4. Robin Wingardh (Tennessee) 70-66=136; T-4. Paul Woodbury (South Carolina) 69-67=136; T-7. Will Bowman (UNCG) 71-66=137; T-7. Wesley Bryan (South Carolina) 72-65=137; T-7. George Bryan (South Carolina) 72-65=137; T-7. Carter Newman (Augusta State) 69-68=137; T-7. Darren Renwick (Tennessee) 69-68=137.
Other UNCG Golfers: T-17. Robert Hoadley 70-70=140; T-29. Ryan Heisey 72-70=142; T-47. Will Almand 73-72=145; T-86. Colin Chapman 79-73=152.
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