Caldwell Fires Low Round on Day 2 in Georgia
ROCKY FACE, Ga. – LSU sophomore Blake Caldwell carded four birdies on the day while firing a career-low round of 1-under par 71 to catapult himself 32 spots up the leaderboard and lead the No. 2-ranked Tigers in Saturday’s second round at the 27th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic being held this weekend at The Farm Golf Club.
Caldwell, who teed off in a tie for 63rd place following his opening-round 7-over 79 on Friday, broke par for the first time in his collegiate career with a 1-under 71 to move into a tie for 31st place overall.
Caldwell led the lineup on the afternoon as the Tigers finished the day with a team score of 13-over par 301 to place sixth in the 15-team field through 36 holes with a total score of 16-over par 592. Alabama matched its opening round 1-over 289 with the same score in the second round to take a three-shot lead in the race for the team championship.
The Crimson Tide concluded Saturday’s action three shots clear of Auburn alone in second place at 5-over 581, while Georgia Tech followed four shots back in third place at 6-over 582, Clemson trailed in fourth place on 7-over 583 and South Carolina rounded out the Top 5 of the team standings through 36 holes with a two-day total of 8-over 584 while playing The Farm.
A native of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Caldwell was the lone Tiger to break par on the afternoon with his team-best 1-under par 71 that included birdies at the par-five second, par-four sixth, par-five 12th and par-four 18th holes. He also made one bogey at the par-three eighth and one double bogey at the par-four 16th en route to the lowest competitive round of his collegiate career with the Tigers.
Three times during his freshman season a year ago did Caldwell post a seasonal-best round of 1-over 73, including his last in the final round at The Prestige at PGA West in LSU’s 2015 spring opener back on Feb. 18.
Freshman Sam Burns, who kicked off his collegiate career by firing a 3-under 69 in his debut round as a Tiger on Friday, followed with a score of 6-over 78 on Saturday to remain the top Tiger on the leaderboard for a tie for 17th place at 3-over par 147 in two rounds played at this year’s Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.
Senior All-American Zach Wright added a 5-over 77 toward LSU’s team total in Saturday’s second round while finishing the day in a tie for 22nd place at 5-over par 149, while junior All-American Eric Ricard wrapped up his day tied with Caldwell for 31st place at 6-over par 150, including a 6-over 78 on the afternoon. Freshman Luis Gagne posted LSU’s second-lowest round of the day at 3-over 75 to place 50th in the field at 9-over 153.
After firing a 6-under 66 in the first round, Georgia Tech’s Jacob Joiner surrendered his individual lead with a 2-over 74 in the second round to end the day one shot back in third place at 4-under 140. Alabama freshman Davis Riley and Clemson standout Stephen Behr will tee off in Sunday’s final round tied atop the leaderboard with matching scores of 5-under par 139 for 36 holes.
The Tigers are paired with Clemson and South Carolina in Sunday’s final round as they will tee off from the front nine beginning at 7:45 a.m. CDT. Fans can follow the Tigers in action for the final round of the 27th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic by tracking the live scoring provided by Golfstat at http://www.golfstat.com.
27th-ANNUAL CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Alabama 289-289 – 578 +2; 2. Auburn 293-288 – 581 +5; 3. Georgia Tech 286-296 – 582 +6; 4. Clemson 296-287 – 583 +7; 5. South Carolina 289-295 – 584 +8; 6. LSU 291-301 – 592 +16; 7. Kennesaw State 299-297 – 596 +20; 8. South Florida 297-301 – 598 +22; 9. Tennessee 303-296 – 599 +23; 10. North Carolina 299-303 – 602 +26; 11. Florida 304-299 – 603 +27; 12. Ole Miss 296-310 – 606 +30; 13. Chattanooga 305-306 – 611+35; 14. North Florida 307-306 – 613 +37; 15. Dalton State 315-303 – 618 +42.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
T1. Stephen Behr, Clemson, 70-69 – 139 -5; T1. Davis Riley, Alabama, 69-70 – 139 -5; 3. Jacob Joiner, Georgia Tech, 66-74 – 140 -4; 4. Michael Johnson, Auburn, 71-70 – 141 -3; T5. Ben Griffin, North Carolina, 74-69 – 143 -1; T5. Tom Lovelady, Alabama, 69-74 – 143 -1; T5. Matthew NeSmith, South Carolina, 72-71 – 143 -1; T5. Sam Horsfield, Florida, 74-69 – 143 -1; T9. Austin Langdale, Clemson, 73-71 – 144 E; T9. Chad Merzbacher, Tennessee, 75-69 – 144 E.