Hay second, Eagles fourth after 36 holes at Bearcat Invitational
GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Carson-Newman Eagles shaved 14 strokes off their first round score to shoot a 2-under 286 in Monday's second round to climb to fourth place after 36 holes of the 2012 Lander Bearcat Invitational, played at the 6,800 yard Greenwood Country Club.
The Eagles were 10th through 18 holes on Monday, but shot second lowest total in the afternoon round and in the tournament to jump into the top five. C-N shot 300 (+12) on its first 18 holes.
C-N (586) is 15 strokes off the pace set by tournament leader USC Aiken, but is only a stroke behind Columbus State (Ga.) for third place and five shots back of second place Georgia College.
Junior Gavin Hay (138, -6) is the hunt for medalist honors. He is second after a 4-under 68 to open the tournament and a 70 (-2) on Monday afternoon.
Hay is five strokes back of Flagler's Joel Dahlenburg for the tournament lead. He shot a 66 and a 67 on Monday.
Senior Liam Ashby shot a 4-under 68 on Monday afternoon to help the Eagles turn things around. He was 67th after a 79 in the opening round, but climbed 48 spots to 19th after carding an impressive afternoon number.
Sophomore Jonathan Kim-Moss is 38th following a 77 and a 74 on Monday. He jumped to 38th to give the Eagles three golfers in the Top 40 in the 17-team field.
Junior Michael Horenkamp is tied for 47th after a pair of 76s on Monday. He is 8-over par.
Senior Alex Coughlin carded an 81 on Monday morning, but bounced back with a 74, which the Eagles counted, on Friday afternoon. He is tied for 60th.
The tournament's final round begins Tuesday morning.