April 17, 2012

Camels still in 4th place after 36 holes of Big South men's golf championship

NINETY SIX, S.C. – Campbell University remains in fourth place and Vaita Guillaume is five strokes behind the individual leader following Tuesday's second round of the Big South Conference men's golf championship.

The Camels shot their fourth-best team score of the season Tuesday – a 9-under 279 – and stand 8-under-par (289-279—568) heading into Wednesday's final round.  Thirty-second ranked Liberty (280-275—555) holds a 3-stroke lead over Coastal Carolina (285-273—558), while Charleston Southern (285-279—564) is third.

A senior from Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume made 5 birdies Tuesday as he fired a 3-under 69 for the 2nd-straight day.  Guillaume (69-69—138) is tied for 4th place with first-round leader Chase Marinell of Liberty (67-71—138).  A first-team all-conference performer, Guillaume entered the event atop the Big South Conference and ranked 7th nationally in stroke average (70.46), while standing 2nd in the country in par-4 scoring (3.93).

Gardner-Webb's Daniel Kim (70-63—133) took over the top spot on the leader-board after he matched a Big South championship record with a 9-under-par 63 on the par-72, 7120-yard Patriot Golf Club layout.

Robert Karlsson of Liberty and Charlie Winegardner of Coastal Carolina are tied for second place with identical 36-hole totals (69-68—137).

A total of 21 golfers – including 3 Camels – in the 45-man field broke par Tuesday.  CU freshman Grant Houser played bogey-free golf and made 4 birdies en route to a collegiate career-low 4-under-par 68.  The Holly Springs, N.C., resident is tied for 9th place at 4-under-par 140 (72-68).

Campbell senior Mitch Gray (74-69—143) moved up nine spots on the leader board into a tie for 14th place after matching his season low round with a 3-under 69.  The product of Florence, S.C., made the turn at 4-under-par and added two more birdies over the final 9 holes.

Sophomore Amanjyot Singh (74-73—147) is tied for 24th, while freshman Kurtis Straw rebounded from a difficult opening round Monday to shoot a collegiate career-low 74 Tuesday (87-74—161).

The Camels will be paired with fifth-place Winthrop and sixth-place Gardner-Webb and start Wednesday's final round from the first tee at 8:00 a.m. 

Big South Conference Men's Golf Championship
Ninety Six, S.C. / The Patriot GC
Apr. 16-18, 2012 / Par 72, 7120 Yards

Second Round Team Results:  1. Liberty 280-275—555, 2. Coastal Carolina 285-273—558, 3. Charleston Southern 285-279—564, 4. Campbell 289-279—568, 5. Winthrop 291-289—580, 6. Gardner-Webb 292-289—581, 7. Radford 301-294—595, 8. High Point 305-293—598, 9. Presbyterian 311-294—605.

Second Round Individual Leaders: 1. Daniel Kim (Gardner-Webb) 70-63—133, T2. Robert Karlsson (Liberty) 69-68—137, T3. Charlie Winegardner (Coastal Carolina) 69-68-137, T4. Vaita Guillaume (Campbell) 69-69—138, T4. Chase Marinell (Liberty) 67-71—138.

Other Campbell Individuals:  T9. Grant Houser 72-68—140, T14. Mitch Gray 74-69—143, T24. Amanjyot Singh 74-73—147, 45. Kurtis Straw 87-74—161.