Coastal surges into top five on Day 2 at Kiawah Classic

ccugolf-bunkerThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shaved nine strokes off its opening-round score and shot a 2-over par 290 Tuesday in the second round of the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah. The Chanticleers moved four spots to fifth with a two-day total of 588 (298-290) at the par 72, 6,911-yard Turtle Point Golf Course.

The 54-hole event concludes Tuesday with 18 final holes. Augusta leads the 22-team field with a two-day total of 572 after shooting a 4-under par 284 Tuesday. College of Charleston is second (580), followed by Tennessee (581) and Jacksonville State (584).

Senior Ryan Carpenter led Coastal’s charge up the leaderboard as he fired a 1-under par 71 Tuesday and jumped 16 spots into a tie for 12th with an even par score of 144 (73-71) over 36 holes. Carpenter opened his round with a bogey before getting birdies on three of his next five holes. He fell back to even par with three bogeys and a birdie through 11 holes. Carpenter birdied the par-5 2nd hole and reeled off five straight pars for his 71.

Thadd Obecny II is one stroke off Carpenter’s pace after shooting a 74 Tuesday. Obecny is tied for 19th with a two-day total of 1-over 145.

Alfredo Ruiz also played a key role in Coastal’s rise as he shot an even par 72 Tuesday and is tied for 30th with a 36-hole score of 148 (75-72). Ruiz had five birdies and five bogeys to card his 72 as he moved 30 spots into a tie for 30th.

States Fort also made a significant move, climbing 20 spots into a tie for 53rd. The freshman shaved five strokes off his opening-round 78 to shoot a 1-over par 73 Tuesday for a two-day total of 151. Olle Widegren is tied for 105th with a score of 162. The senior trimmed 10 shots off his first-round score by shooting a 76 on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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