Rotz, Noonan Lead Men's Golf in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ? Freshman Clayton Rotz and senior Brian Noonan paced the LSU men’s golf team Monday at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate as each is in the Top 20 on the leader board following a blistering 36 holes at Shoal Creek Country Club.
The Tigers posted back-to-back rounds of 10-over 298 at the par-72 layout on Monday to finish the evening in a tie for eighth place with Georgia Southern in the team standings at 20-over 596.
“Shoal Creek is a great golf course, and it played pretty difficult for the entire field today,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. “You only have to take one look at the individual scores to see that. I think the guys learned a lot out there over the course of the two rounds, and that will only help us as we move on throughout the year.”
Rotz came out firing with a birdie on his first hole of the day at the par-four 10th before finishing the morning round with a team best 2-under par 70. He followed with a 3-over 75 in the afternoon to finish the day tied for 13th place at 1-over 145.
Noonan got off to a slow start in the opening round with a 5-over 77 but picked up the pace in the afternoon as he carded three birdies with just one bogey en route to matching Rotz’s best effort of the day with a 2-under 70. He is currently tied for 16th with a 36-hole total of 3-over 147.
Sophomore Bryant Lach and freshman Andrew Loupe posted matching efforts on the first day of the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate as they are currently tied for 37th place at 8-over 152. Lach carded back-to-back rounds of 4-over 76 in his first action of the season, while Loupe fired a 3-over 75 in the first round followed by a 5-over 77 in the second round.
Freshman John Peterson posted matching scores of 5-over 77 in the first and second rounds to finish the day in a tie for 45th place with a two-round total of 10-over 154.
“Clayton played well for us today, especially in the first round, and Brian came back in the afternoon with a solid round of his own,” Winstead said. “We’re a young, talented team. We’ll use days like today to learn, grow and improve as we move forward. We’re better than how we played today, and we’ll improve throughout the year.”
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will carry a five-shot lead over tournament host UAB into the final round as they followed a 5-over 293 in the morning round with a 3-under 285 in the afternoon for a 36-hole score of 2-over 578. Auburn follows in third place at 9-over 585.
Chris Kennedy of North Florida holds a slim one-stroke lead in the race for medalist honors at 3-under 141 after firing rounds of 3-under 69 and even-par 72 on the opening day of play. Zach Sucher of UAB is one shot back in second place at 2-under 142, while five golfers are just two shots back in a tie for third at 1-under 143.
The final round is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday with groups going off of holes No. 1 and No. 10. Live stats of the third and final round will be provided by Golfstat and can be found at the organization’s official website at www.golfstat.com.
SHOAL CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE ? SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Texas Tech 293-285 ? 578 +2; 2. UAB 288-295 ? 583 +7; 3. Auburn 303-282 ? 585 +9; 4. Oklahoma 292-296 ? 588 +12; 5. Ole Miss 297-293 ? 590 +14; t6. North Florida 292-299 ? 591 +15; t6. Central Florida 298-293 ? 591 +15; t8. LSU 298-298 ? 596 +20; t8. Georgia Southern 307-289 ? 596 +20; 10. Michigan State 302-296 ? 598 +22; 11. Nevada 298-302 ? 600 +24; 12. Vanderbilt 306-301 ? 607 +31
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Chris Kennedy, North Florida, 69-72 ? 141 -3; 2. Zach Sucher, UAB, 69-73 ? 142 -2; t3. Eric Durbin, Oklahoma, 72-71 ? 143 -1; t3. Will Griffin, Texas Tech, 72-71 ? 143 -1; t3. Patton Kizzire, Auburn, 75-68 ? 143 -1; t3. David Marino, Ole Miss, 73-70 ? 143 -1; t3. Glenn Northcutt, Auburn, 73-70 ? 143 -1; t8. Ryan Brehm, Michigan State, 74-70 ? 144 E; t8. Sergio Franky, Texas Tech, 76-68 ? 144 E; t8. Santiago Rivas, Texas Tech, 74-70 ? 144 E; t8. Brad Smith, UAB, 73-71 ? 144 E; t8. Jesse Speirs, Ole Miss, 72-72 ? 144 E