Pirate Golf In Sixth Place After Day One Of Palmetto Intercollegiate
March 14, 2006
AIKEN, S.C. - The East Carolina men's golf team posted a 36-hole score of 696 (302-283), which included the lowest round of the day in second round play, and currently sits in sixth place with 18 holes to play at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Virginia Commonwealth fired a second round total of even-par 284 to sit atop the leaderboard at six-over-par after 36 holes of the Ninth Annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday. USC Aiken, hosts of the event, sits in fifth place, 10 shots back of the Rams. The University of Houston, defending co-champions along with the Pacers, are third at 13-over-par while Furman is fourth at 14-over-par.
The 54-hole event is being contested at the 6,565 yard, par 71 Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. Founded in 1892, Palmetto is recognized as the fourth oldest golf course in the United States and holds the oldest membership certificate to the USGA still in existence. Tuesday's final round will begin with fixed tee times starting at 8:00 AM.
A three-way tie in the individual race is highlighted by Houston's Jordan Irwin. The defending 2005 medalist carded rounds of 70 and 71 and is one-under-par. John Eades of Maryland and VCU's Andrea Perrino are also one-under-par.
ECU junior Robin Smith (72-72) and sophomore Martin Nicholls (75-69) each carded 36-hole scores of 144 and are currently tied for tenth place. Philip Reale posted a second round score of 69, just like Nicholls and sits in a tie for 33rd with fellow teammate Andre Thorsen at 150. Sophomore Chris Ault rounds out the Pirate golfers in tie for 49th (78-76) with a two-round score of 154.
"I was really proud of the way we played this afternoon," said interim head coach Kevin Miller. "Everyone played well and we were very consistent. It is nice to know that when we play to our potential, we can compete with most everybody that is that on our schedule. I'm looking forward to tomorrow to see how the guys respond after playing a great round this afternoon."
Francis Marion's Jacob Tveit had the shot of the tournament thus far as he recorded a hole-in-one on the par three 11th hole during his second round.
Tuesday's final round will begin at 8:00 AM. USC Aiken will tee off in the next to last groups of the day starting at 9:36 and continuing to 10:08 AM. The Pacers will be playing with East Carolina and Furman.
NINTH ANNUAL CLEVELAND GOLF PALMETTO INTERCOLLEGIATE