The Georgia Southern men’s golf team shaved four strokes off its first round score on day two of the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship (April 19). Three Eagles posted scores in the red for a 286 (-2) second round tally at The Country Club of South Carolina, a par 72, 7,062-yard layout.
Furman gained a shot on the second day and still holds first place with a 559 (-9) two-day total. UNC Greensboro, tied with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State after round one, stands solely in second following a 10-stroke improvement. The Spartans stand at 6-under (570) with 18 holes to play. Meanwhile, Georgia Southern holds third at 576 (E) and holds an eight shot lead over fourth-place Elon at 584. Western Carolina and College of Charleston round out the top five, tying for fifth with 587s.
“We played solid today,” said head coach Larry Mays. “But we made a few too many mistakes to keep pace with the top two teams. Tomorrow is the final round and we need to come out and shoot low to finish strong.”
Furman’s Austin Reeves carded the low round of the day with a 6-under 66 to move into a two-way tie for individualist honors with teammate Garland Ferrell at 137.
Matt Deal (Statesboro, Ga.), Spence Fulford (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Joe Monte (Chantilly, Va.) all carded 1-under par 71s to ascend the leaderboard. A two stroke difference moved Fulford and Monte from a 15th-place tie into a 9th-place running, while a three stroke improvement jumped Deal from T-21 to T-14.
After a back-and-forth affair on the front nine that included three birdies and three bogeys, Fulford opened on the back nine with a birdie on ten. The senior then parred the remaining eight holes for a 1-under 71 on the day.
Fulford stands tied alongside teammate Monte knotted in ninth with 144s. Monte fired a birdie on eight to make the turn at 1-under and was one of three Eagles to birdie hole 10 to open the back nine. Consecutive bogeys followed a birdie on 14 for an even-par back nine as the junior rounded out his best round of the tournament thus far.
Deal opened his second round even after the first five holes before two birdies on the next three put the Eagle 2-under on the front nine. The Eagle then parred eight of nine holes on the back with a bogey on 16 to leave the senior at 1-under in a 14th-place tie.
With five bogeys on the back nine, Florian Sander (Bregenz, Austria) shot two birdies on both the front and back nine to improve one stroke from yesterday’s opening round. Sander, with a second round 73 and two-round 147, is tied for 24th.
Ryan Zabroske (Alpharetta, Ga.), who led the Eagles in the opening round, carded a 75 for the second round. The senior launched consecutive birdies on holes five and six, but a double bogey on nine left the Eagle even on the front. Zabroske closed out the tournament with three bogeys on the back nine to drop into a 14th-place tie.
The final round of play will take place on Tuesday, April 20. The first teams tee off at 8 a.m. with Georgia Southern starting at 8:50 a.m. led by Sander. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.
WJMS boys and girls win titles
Schools from throughout the Coastal Empire Middle School Association met at Statesboro High School March 27 to vie for the 2010 Region Track and Field Championship. The William James Middle School Boys Track Team won an unprecedented fifth consecutive title. Southeast Bulloch Middle School and Langston Chapel Middle School also performed well placing third and fourth respectively.
In what turned out to be a battle of two Bulloch County teams, the William James Lady Knights defeated defending region champions, Southeast Bulloch Middle School Lady Jackets, to earn their first ever region track championship. The break through win was made possible by team members’ consistent performances throughout all 14 events.
GSU men’s tennis closes with win
The doubles point proved to be the deciding difference in a close Southern Conference match at the Hanner Tennis Complex on Sunday, April 18. Georgia Southern took two of three doubles decisions, uprooting Samford, 4-3, in the final match of the 2010 season.
Georgia Southern closed out the season on a two-match win streak and finished 8-13 overall and 3-6 in Southern Conference play. Samford dropped to 12-12, 3-7 with the loss.
“It was a great senior day today and a great team effort,” said head coach Justin Miles. “Everyone contributed to this win in one way or another. We have been playing great tennis for the last couple of weeks and it’s disappointing the season has to come to an end now.”
It would be a three-set win at No. 5 singles that would seal the match for Georgia Southern. Senior Flynn took the first set from Foster, 6-2, but the Bulldog rallied for a second set win, 6-2, forcing a third set in which Flynn clinched the match winning 6-4.
“I am glad the seniors closed out their collegiate careers with a win today and have shown the younger players what they need to do to prepare for next year,” stated Miles. “I want to thank my three seniors, Jayraj, Justin and Greg, for their contributions to the program and their positive representation of Georgia Southern on and off the court. They will be greatly missed.”