Georgia’s Trent Phillips kept a share of second place after the second round of the SEC Championship at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island.
The Bulldog senior shot a 1-under par 69 to hold on to the position he had after the first round of play.
Now instead of trailing South Carolina’s Ryan Hall, Phillips and five other golfers, including Hall, trail Phichaksn Maichon from Texas A&M by 2 shots.
The Aggies freshman from Thailand posted his second straight 3-under par 67 to go to 6-under par and take the lead away from Hall who shot a second round even par 70.
On a bunched up leader-board joining Phillips and Hall in second place are a pair of Vanderbilt golfers, Gordon Sargent and Reid Davenport, Mississippi State’s Ford Clegg and John Dubois from Florida.
Gamecock freshman Nathan Franks from Dorman High School in Spartanburg shot his way into the top-15 with a 3-under par 67 for a two-day total of 2-under par 138 and a tie for 13th place.
Vanderbilt continues to lead the team standings, but Florida carded a tournament best 11-under par round of 269 to finish the second round at 9-under par 4-shots behind the Gators.
While the SEC will crown an individual champion on Friday, the team totals will be used to seed the Match Play bracket for the SEC team title.
For South Carolina to make the Match Play field the Gamecocks will have to play great and get some help from several of the teams in front of them.
The Gamecocks are in 11th place and are 11 shots out of the last spot to qualify for the Match Play final.
After the first 36 holes Vanderbilt, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M are in position to take the top four seeds when the Match Play portion of the tournament begins after Fridays’ final round.
Auburn, Georgia, Missouri and Mississippi State start the final round in fourth to eighth place respectively.
SEC Championship scoring https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=25200
Upstate’s Dupree tied for second at the Big South championship
Upstate’s Max Dupree shot rounds of 70 and 69 for a 5-under par 139 total and a share of second place after the first day of the Big South Championship at The Patriot near Ninety Six.
Campbell’s Henry Lilja has the individual lead after shooting a second round 6-under par 66 to enter the final round at 7-under par with a 2-shot lead.
Dupree’s teammate Brady Hinkle is tied for sixth place at 3-under par.
Campbell has the team lead by 3-shots over Charleston Southern.
Gardner Webb is third with Winthrop in fourth place as the teams compete for the four spots available in the Match Play championship.
USC Upstate is in sixth place and Presbyterian is seventh.
Both teams will need to pick up the pace if they hope to move up to one of the positions for Match Play.
Big South Championship scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=25200
ACC and SoCon begin conference championships
The Clemson Tigers will begin the defense of their ACC title on Friday when play begins at the Shark’s Tooth Golf Course in Panama City, Florida.
First year coach Jordan Byrd’s lineup will included four of the golfers who were on the championship team last year.
Clemson will be led by Jacob Bridgeman. The senior from Inman, SC is currently ranked fourth in the PGA Tour University standings.
Joining Bridgeman will be Zach Gordon from Gaffney, who was the hero of last year’s Match Play championship victory.
Super-Seniors Kyle Cottam and Colby Patton will be joined by sophomore Kian Rose in the Clemson lineup.
The Tigers will play the first round paired with Florida State and Wake Forest.
ACC Live Scoring is available at https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=24894
Furman and Wofford begin SoCon Tournament play on Friday at The Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.
Ross Funderburke, Jack Crosby, Walker Crosby, Will Morlan and Sam Lape will be the team Furman coach Matt Davidson sends into the competition.
The Paladins will play the first two rounds paired with Chattanooga.
The Wofford Terriers are coming off a win in their own tournament last week.
Wofford coach Van Williams lineup includes Cedric Otten, who won the Wofford Invitational, Walker Jones, Jay Beach, Harry Jones and Matthew Larkin.
The Terriers will play their first two rounds with Samford.
Live Scoring will be available at Golf Stat https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=25299