Ben Carr shot a 68, Wilson Andresscarded a 69 and the Georgia Southern men's golf team maintained its lead in the second round of the Schenkel Invitational Saturday at Forest Heights Country Club.
The 19th-ranked Eagles (-23) hold an 11-shot lead over No. 24 Mississippi State (-12) in Georgia Southern's home tournament. Kentucky (-5) is third, Middle Tennessee (-4) is fourth and Liberty (-2) rounds out the top five.
Sparked by an eagle on the 458-yard par-4 11th hole, Carr got hot and shot a 31 on the back nine to move to the top of the individual leaderboard. It was one of two eagles on the day for the Eagles as Mason Williamschipped in for a 3 on the par-5 ninth.
Carr (-8) owns a three-stroke lead over Kentucky's Alex Goff (-5) and Middle Tennessee's Michael Blanchard.
Andress birdied three out of five holes as he made the turn and added a birdie on 16 to move up eight spots into a tie for fourth with teammate Hogan Ingram, who fired an even-par 72 today. Parker Claxton was the final Eagle counter today with a 72 and is tied for ninth. Williams, who led the field with a 66 yesterday, is in eighth.
The field features five teams in the top-50 in the country, according to Golfstat. Georgia Southern is the defending champion and has won the event or finished runner-up in each of the last five times it was contested (2020 was canceled).
Team – 272-281=553 (-23), 1
Ben Carr – 68-68=136 (-8), 1
Hogan Ingram – 68-72=140 (-4), T4
Wilson Andress – 71-69=140 (-4), T4
Mason Williams – 66-75=141 (-3), 8
Parker Claxton – 70-72=142 (-2), T9
Luke Dasher* - 74-71=145 (+1), T27
Colin Bowles* - 75-71=146 (+2), T32
Luke Koenig* - 73-77=150 (+6), T50
Brantley Baker* - 74-76=150 (+6), T50
Hayden Carner* - 80-72=152 (+8), T60
Lindsey Cordell* - 81-76=157 (+13), T77
*Playing as individual
Quotable from Coach Carter Collins
"I'm really proud of the team today for staying patient. The first few pins were tricky, and they hit a lot of good putts that did not quite go in but they waited for their run. Mason's eagle sparked the boys at the turn, and they finished strong on the back. They gained some positive momentum heading into tomorrow, and we are excited about the competition and the opportunities ahead, Hail Southern!"
The Eagles are paired with Mississippi State and Kentucky in Sunday's final round and tee off the first hole at 10 a.m.