Braselton, Ga. - In rainy conditions on the Legends Course at Chateau Elan, the USC Upstate men's golf team opened the second round strong, but for the second straight day gave shots back on the second nine and remains in seventh place in the 2010 A-Sun Championship Tuesday afternoon.
In overcast skies to start the round, Upstate took it to 3-under-par midway through play on its first nine (the back nine of the Legends Course). In a steadily increasing rain, the Spartans could not hold onto its solid start and finished the round with a 299 to remain in the same position they were in when the round started, seventh heading into Wednesday's final round.
Josh Gallman rebounded from a 2-over-par total yesterday to post a 1-under 71 on Tuesday to lead Upstate on the day. He birdied three of his first five holes to move to 3-under and made the turn at 2-under. He made two bogeys and a birdie on the back nine to finish at 1-under. He is the low Spartan in the tournament and enters Wednesday's final round tied for eighth. A senior from Gaffney, S.C., he is looking for his second straight top 10 finish in the A-Sun Championship after finishing tied for fifth last year.
"This course is set up as a very tough test of golf," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "There is no place on the course where you can relax. We got off to a good start and made some putts, but we got loose and lost shots that we did yesterday. In the end, we have to make some more pars on places where we have made bogey. We didn't finish the course very well today.
"I'm excited Josh had a good round and is up there on the individual leaderboard. I think all five guys can go out there and shoot good scores so that we can move up the leaderboard."
Upstate owns a 599 team total after two rounds, eight strokes back of Jacksonville and 10 shots back of Campbell and Mercer, who are tied for fourth. East Tennessee State wasn't nearly as dominant in the second round as it was in the first, posting a 290 on Tuesday. But, the Buccaneers remain in the lead with a 571 total. North Florida closed to within three strokes of the lead and enters the final round in second at 574. Florida Gulf Coast is third at 581 and is followed by Campbell (589), Mercer (589), Jacksonville (591), Upstate (599), Stetson (604), Kennesaw State (604), Belmont (606) and Lipscomb (645).
Nate Irvin and Brian Horton also led Upstate on the day, each shooting 75. Like Gallman, Irvin had it going early on and moved to 2-under after five holes. However, he bogeyed two of his final three holes going out and posted three bogeys coming in to shoot 75. Horton grinded it out all day for what was a pretty solid 75. After lipping out his par putt on his first hole, he recorded 11 straight pars. He made back-to-back bogeys on his 13th and 14th holes before making birdie on the next two to get back to 1-over-par for the round. However, he made double bogey on his 17th hole and missed an eight-foot putt on the last to shoot 75.
Michael Lawrence ran into bad luck midway through the round and finished with a 78, while Matthew Hoppershot an 84.
ETSU's Rhys Enoch shot an even-par 72 to remain tied for the lead at 3-under for the tournament. North Florida's Kevin Phelan joined him at the top of the leaderboard after firing a 3-under 69 on the day.