Trent Phillips may be coming home from Maui with more than a Hawaiian shirt and a flowered lei.
The Georgia golfer from Boiling Springs has the lead going into the final round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in Hawaii.
The Bulldog sophomore shot a 6-under par 65 in the first round and followed it up with an even better 7-under par 64 in the second round.
Phillips holds a 2-shot lead over Quade Cummins from Oklahoma.
The three-time South Carolina Golf Association Junior Player of the year made a bogey and an eagle in each round on the Ka’anapali course.
Garrett Reband from top ranked Oklahoma posted a 7-under par 64 in the first round to hold a one-shot advantage over Phillips.
Reband fell off the pace with a 1-under par 70 in the second round.
Clemson golfer Zach Gordon from Gaffney turned in the best score for the Tigers. Phillips is in a tie for third place after carding rounds of 67 and 65 for a 132 total.
Phillips and Gordon had a head to head battle for the South Carolina AAAAA individual championship when both golfers were high school seniors.
Gordon won the match-up and helped his Gaffney team to a record setting team championship.
Unfortunately for Clemson, Gordon is playing as an individual and his score will not count for the Clemson team. The Tigers are in 10th place at 11-under par.
Clemson trails Washington with one round left to play. The Huskies are at 27-under par and have a one shot lead over Oklahoma.
The popular tournament in Hawaii also has South Carolina in the field. USC moved up four places in the second round by shooting 15-under par.
The Gamecocks are tied for fifth going into the final round.
Ryan Hall is the top USC golfer in the field. Hall is tied with four other golfers for fifth place at 8-under par.
While Phillips and Gordon are in contention for a victory both the Tigers and Bulldogs are well back in the field.
Georgia is in ninth place at 16-under par with Clemson in 10th place at 11-under par.
The Bulldogs and Tigers are paired together in the final round.
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