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Tigers lead at Pinehurst, Gamecocks on top at Palmetto

Colby Patton shot a second round 2-under par 68 to take over the individual lead at the Wake Forest Invitational being played on the famous Pinehurst #2 course.

Patton opened the morning round with a 3-over par 73 and followed it up with 4 birdies in the second 18 to post the low round of the tournament through 36 holes.

“Colby’s 68 in the second round was outstanding,” said Clemson Head Coach Jordan Byrd. “There are
usually a lot of bumps out there (greens) on the second 18 of a day when there are 66 players in the field. So it can be tough conditions. But, he really took advantage of the holes that were down-wind on the back nine,” he said.

Colby Patton shot a second round 68 on Pinehurst #2 to help Clemson take an 11 shot lead going into the final round at the Wake Forest Invitational. (GolfClub File Photo)

Senior Zach Gordon had a share of the lead in the morning round before finishing his 36 holes at 3-over par to tie with Soren Lind from San Francisco for second place.

“Zack has great confidence on this course because he played well here a couple of summers ago when he reached the semifinals of the North & South Amateur. He has been like an assistant coach helping his teammates because of his experience here,” said Byrd.

The top two Tigers got good support from Carter Pendley who starts the final round in ninth place with Kyle Cottom tied for 21st and Kian Rose tied for 38th.

Clemson held a 1-shot lead over Duke, Wake Forest and San Francisco after the first round. The teams continued playing into the second round and the Tigers shot a team total 284 to take a commanding 11 shot lead over the Blue Devils.

Wake Forest Invitational scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=24782

Gamecocks and Hall lead at The Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate

Ryan Hall carded a 4-under par 30 on his opening nine holes to take the individual lead at The Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate being played at the historic Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.

Hall, who is on all the post-season award watch lists, followed up his opening round 6-under par 64 with a solid 2-under par 68 to hold a 6-shot lead over Zach Byers from Gardner-Webb.

With Hall’s outstanding first round the Gamecocks took the lead in the morning and made it stand up by the end of the afternoon round.

USC shot a 274 to hold a 10 shot lead after the first round.

Virginia carded the best second round with a 280 to move up to second, but the Gamecocks maintained their 10 shot lead.

Gamecock super-senior Ryan Hall shot a 6-under par 64 in the opening round to take a 6-shot lead into the final round at the Palmetto Golf Club. (USC File Photo)

“It was a grind around Palmetto today and The Old Lady showed why par is always a good score out there,” said Gamecock head coqch Bill McDonald. “Ryan’s 64 was incredible this morning, and I thought the entire team fought hard in tough conditions for both rounds,” he said.

The Gamecock’s Jack Wall is tied for fourth place with Wofford’s Walter Jones at even par. USC’s Rafe Reynolds is 10th going into the final round.

Wofford is 4th and the host team from USC Aiken is fifth.

Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=24049

Lady Paladins in second at the UNF Collegiate

Sophia Burnett is tied with teammate Anna Morgan for fifth place going into the final round of the UNF Collegiate in Jacksonville. (GolfClub File Photo)

In Jacksonville, the Lady Paladins are in second place trailing North Florida by 4 shots going into the final round at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.

The Lady Paladins also have two golfers in the hunt for medalist honors.

Anna Morgan and Sophia Burnett trail Ish Dhruva from Penn State by 2-shots for first place.

Furman’s Kyra Cox is in tenth place after the first 36 holes.

UNF Collegiate scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=23227

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