Feb. 25, 2013
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. ----- The UAB men's golf team struggled on day two of the John Hayt Collegiate carding a total 300 (+12) to fall into a tie for 11th place for the tournament hosted by the University of North Florida.
Redshirt junior Thomas Sutton, who is playing as an individual, fired a two-over par 74 on the day and sits at even par for the tournament in a tie for 12th place. Sutton recorded 15 pars on the day and finished with a birdie on his last hole to get back to even par.
"Thomas played really well and finished with a birdie so hopefully he takes some confidence away from that and goes out tomorrow and has a good round," said assistant coach Alan Murray. "All the guys work hard, so it's not surprising to see any one of them do well."
As a team, the Blazers are tied for 11th place with a two-day total of 592 (+16) but only seven-strokes separate UAB and UCF, who is in third place.
Paul Dunne and Wilson McDonald each sit at two-over-par for the tournament. Dunne, who shot a two-under-par 70 yesterday, seemed to get things back on track after a poor start in today's round by stringing together five pars and then an eagle-three on the par-five eighth to get back to one-over par for the day. But a triple-bogey on the par-four ninth hole sent him to four-over, which is where he finished the day.
McDonald tied for the low Blazers round of the day with a score of 74 (+2). He got off to a slow start bogeying his first two holes but came back with two quick birdies to get back to even. McDonald then rattled off ten straight pars before finishing with a pair of bogeys over his last four holes.
"The conditions were tough today with a lot of rain and wind and the fact that we got the round in was great. I am really proud of how the guys handled the conditions and took everything in stride. The scores don't reflect how well the guys played today," added Murray.
North Florida extended their lead on the field with a team score of 283 (-5) for a two-day total of 559 (-17). Duke and UCF round out the top three with scores of 571 and 585, respectively.
North Florida's Kevin Phelan, 13-under-par, and Sean Dale, nine-under-par, lead the individual standings after two rounds with a three-way tie for third place at four-under-par.
Tuesday's final round will begin at 8 a.m. ET with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.