March 15, 2014
STATESBORO, Ga. – The No. 14 UAB men’s golf team is four strokes out of first place after two rounds of play at the Chris Schenkel Invitational. As a team, UAB shot a 281 (-7) on Saturday and is in second place behind tournament-host Georgia Southern.
“We started off brightly and made a lot of birdies on the front nine, but struggled in the early part of the back nine,” head coach Alan Murray said. “The lads showed their mettle by playing the last few holes well and made sure we got out in the last group.”
Sophomore Martin Rohwer paced the Blazers on the second day in Statesboro, Ga. Rohwer fired a six-under par and is tied for the top spot on the individual leaderboard.
“Martin had a superb 66,” added Murray. “I am really happy for him.”
Rohwer put together a career-day on Saturday at the Forest Heights Country Club. The sophomore used one eagle and four birdies to shoot a 66 (-6), his lowest round of the season. The Natal, South Africa is tied with Texas’ Kramer Hickok for first place with a 138 (-6) through two rounds.
Redshirt senior Thomas Sutton rebounded from a 79 (+7) on Friday to register a 68 (-4) for the second round. Sutton had three straight birdies over the final three holes. Sutton has a 147 (+3) after the first two days of action.
Junior Paul Dunne, UAB’s second-lowest scorer on Friday, was one-over on Saturday and has a 143 (-1) through two rounds. The junior used birdies on the 17th and 18th hole to end his second 18 on a positive note. Dunne is currently tied for 19th place heading into the final round of competition.
Seniors Sam Love and Wilson McDonald completed the Blazers’ lineup. Love shot a 74 (+2) for the second consecutive day, while McDonald matched Love’s efforts and is one-under par through two rounds. McDonald is tied with Dunne for 19th place, as well.
Sophomore Will Cannon, playing as an individual, scored his second straight 74 (+2) on Saturday at the par-72, 6,947-yard course.
“Overall, we played well, but made a few errors here and there, which cost us some shots,” concluded Murray. “We are optimistic and excited for tomorrow. We are now chasing the leaders and if we can play to our capabilities we will have a great chance to take home the silverware. I am looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings.”
The UAB men’s golf team will play in the third and final round of the Chris Schenkel Invitational on Sunday. Tee times will begin in the morning and live stats are available on Golfstat.com.
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