Oct. 22, 2007
ATLANTA – Chesson Hadley shot a 3-under-par 69 to pace Georgia Tech for the second straight day, and the third-ranked Yellow Jackets posted an even-par 288 Monday for its team score to move up to eighth place after two rounds of the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational golf tournament in Windermere, Fla.
Hadley, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., played a solid round with five birdies and two bogeys, his sixth subpar round out of eight this fall. He was the only Jacket in red figures, however. Cameron Tringale posted an even-par 72, while Taylor Hall added a 73 and Paul Haley and John Tyler Griffin each shot 74.
Hadley has a 36-hole total of 141, three shots under par and three back of Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler and Southern California’s Jamie Lovemark. He is tied for ninth place individually with Cale Barr of Kentucky and Kyle Stanley of Clemson.
Tringale is tied for 32nd place at 2-over 146, while Hall and Griffin are tied for 40th place at 3-over 147. Haley is at 5-over 149, tied for 50th.
Fourth-ranked Georgia set a single-round team scoring record with a second round 275 (-13) to take over first place. Harris English led a quartet of Bulldogs in red figures with a second-round 67 (-5) to help the team post a two-round total of 566 (-10), which is also a tournament record for a low 36-hole total.
The Bulldogs hold a four-shot advantage on 17th-ranked Wake Forest (570, -6). Wake Forest junior Dustin Groves set a tournament record with a 66 (-6) in round two. Groves had six birdies and an eagle-two on the par 4, 16th-hole to help the Demon Deacons move up two spots into sole possession of second place.
Oklahoma State freshman Ricky Fowler joined Groves in the tournament record book and kept the fifth-ranked Cowboys within striking distance after also carding a 66 (-6) in his second round. OSU is in fourth with a two-round team score of (573, -3).
Fowler and Lovemark have a one-shot cushion on English and Kentucky’s Andy Winings, who also shot a 67 (-5) in his second 18 holes. The ninth-ranked Trojans are in third (571, -5) in the team standings, five shots off the pace set by the Bulldogs.
Clemson remained in fifth after a second round 290 (+2) to put the Tigers’ two-round total at 577 (+1). The host Knights dropped into sixth in the team standings with a 294 (+6) and a have two-round total of 578 (+2). Junior David Johnson posted the low round of the day for UCF with a 70 (-2) and is tied for 12th overall.
Twenty-two players were under par in Sunday’s round one, while 18 players posted red figures on Monday.
The final round of the Invitational being hosted by Tavistock Group, Central Florida Sports Commission and UCF is set for Tuesday. Rankings used in this release are from the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
MEANWHILE … IN CHARLESTON, S.C.
Three other Yellow Jackets are competing today and Tuesday at the Charleston Southern Fall Invitational, Oct. 22-23, at the Crowfield Country Club, Goose Creek, S.C.
Juniors Adam Cohan (77-77) and David Dragoo (80-74) were tied for 42nd place after Monday’s 36-hole marathon with tournament totals of 154 (10-over-par). Sophomore Daniel Bowden shot 71-87 (158) and was tied for 60th.