CCU third after first round of Hayt Collegiate Invitational

Coastal Carolina men’s golf team fired an eight-over 296 to stand in third place and two shots off the lead at the 15-team John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at the 6,977-yard, par 72 Sawgrass Country Club.

Central Florida, ranked 17th, leads the annual event with a six-over 294, followed by 38th-ranked Tennessee (295). The Chants currently lead seven teams ranked among the Golf Stat top 50, including #40 North Texas, #23 LSU, #8 Arkansas, #13 North Florida, #42 TCU, #49 Tulsa and #27 UAB.

Junior Sebastian Soderberg carded a 68, marking his fifth career round in the 60’s and second this season. He is in a three-way tie for second, trailing first round leader Sang Yi of LSU by one stroke. Soderberg, who started on hole 10, was two-under par through five holes before suffering a triple bogey seven on the par four 14th. However, the battled back to one-under par at the turn thanks to birdies on 16 and 18. He fell back to even after a bogey on the first hole but birdied holes two and eight and posting an eagle on the par five fourth for his four-under 68.

Freshman Ben Wheeler is tied for 12th, shooting one-over par 73 to mark his second-best round of his young career. Classmate Andrew Dorn is tied for 40th, turning in a five-over 77. He had 13 pars versus two bogeys and two double bogeys, with a birdie on the final hole.

Roberto Ballesteros, 49th-tied, and Charlie Winegardner, tied for 67th, completed Coastal’s contingent.

The John Hayt Collegiate will have 18 holes on Monday and a final 18 holes on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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