AWENDAW, S.C. – GRU Augusta is tied for 14th with rival USC Aiken after the opening 18 holes in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, hosted by South Carolina in Awendaw S.C.
Jaguar senior Alex Wennstam posted two birdies in his start on the back nine and carded two more when he went back-to-back birdy on No. four and five. Wennstam shot a 1-under 71 to tie for 21st, as did teammate and junior Cody Shafer. Shafer (1-under 71) started his tournament on No. 10 with a birdie on the 635-yard par five and found his groove on holes 13, 14, 15 when he birdied all three to end the first 18 tied for 21st.
Freshman Viktor Edin had a bogey and double bogey on the back nine, but eagled the par five No. 4 to hold on at 4-over with a 76. After birdying his first hole on No. 10, GRU Augusta freshman Jake Marriott shot three consecutive bogeys. He sits tied for 73 at plus seven in the field, while sophomore Meechai Padung is 75th with an 8-over 80.
Missouri and No. 24 South Carolina are tied for first with a 7-under 281. Three players are tied for the individual leading spot with Virginia’s Derek Bard, Ben Dietrich, and Josh Lorezetti tied for first with 4-under 68’s.
Of the 15 teams in this week's field, five are ranked in the Golfstat Top 50. Virginia is the highest-ranked team at No. 10. The Cavaliers have finished runner-up twice this season and won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in October. No. 30 Auburn, No. 36 Kentucky and No. 39 Wake Forest are also ranked in the top 50, while USC Aiken is the fifth-ranked team in Division II.