Men's Golf Sits Atop the Leaderboard
Oct. 3, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 39 Memphis men's golf team sits atop the leaderboard after the first two rounds of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, carding scores of 288 and 283 to finish the day +3 overall. Senior Jack Belote led the way for the Tigers on Monday and is currently tied for third place at three strokes under par.
"We played pretty solid today," said Memphis head coach Grant Robbins. "Our goal was to go into the final round with a chance to win, and we did just that. We are looking forward to the challenge tomorrow. There are several teams capable of winning so we just need to go out and play our game and see what happens."
After going -1 in the second round, Memphis is three strokes ahead of Louisiana-Lafayette heading into Tuesday's final round and four strokes in front of No. 26 Campbell. The Tigers held a one-shot lead after the first 18 holes and rode three sub-par second-round scores to build their advantage.
Belote posted the best Memphis score in round one at -2 and was the only Tiger to shoot under par over the first 18 holes. He went -1 in the second round, carding nine birdies on the day. Junior Steve Lee was the next highest-scoring Tiger, going +2 on the day to tie for 12th place in windy conditions. Lee shot even par in round one with four birdies before going +2 on the par-71 course in the second round.
Fellow junior Lexus Keoninh recovered from an opening-round 75 to card a 70 in round two, posting four birdies in the process. He is currently tied for 20th at +3. Senior Jonathan Fly is one stroke behind Keoninh at +4 after a first-round score of 76 followed by a round of 70. Cory Gaylord struggled with rounds of 73-82 to go +13.
The final 18 holes of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate will be played Tuesday with the Tigers looking to bring home their first tournament title of the year. A link to Live Scoring can be found on the men's golf schedule page at www.gotigers.com.