Charlotte slipped to eighth place after the second round of the Rees Jones Invitational, hosted by South Carolina in Daufuskie Island, S.C. Monday. The 49ers posted an 18-over 306 to sit a +21 heading into the final round Tuesday morning. All 12 teams in the field were over par in day two, with South Florida still hanging on to the lead at seven-over with one round remaining.
A very steady round of even par was put together from senior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU), who had a bogey on the front and a birdie on the back for his 72. He was one of just 15 players in round two to shoot par or better. Castro climbed from a tie for 23rd to a tie for 10th at the tournament on the leaderboard.
“The golf course played harder today than yesterday with the wind blowing,” said Charlotte head coach Ryan Cabbage. “Franco played well. He hit a lot of fairways and greens and that was the key to success out there today.”
Charlotte’s top performer on the leaderboard heading into the final round remains junior Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardier, Quebec City / Beaulieu). His five-over 75 today puts him at one-over par for the tournament, sitting in a tie for seventh place. His four birdies were the most by a Charlotte golfer in round two, and were half of the 49ers eight birdies for the day.
South Florida’s Chase Koepka sits at six-under to lead the tournament, one of just three players under par after two rounds.
Unlike yesterday, Charlotte had to count scores of 79 and 80, resulting in the 306 score, 15 shots worse than Sunday’s opening round.
“We struggled as a team and we have to play better than we did today and make strides to be better,” added Cabbage. “That said, we are 14 shots off the lead on a difficult golf course where a good round goes a long way. Our objective now is to go out and post a good number tomorrow and try to catch those guys at the top of the leaderboard and that is what I expect we will do.”
The 49ers will be paired with Liberty and fellow C-USA member Middle Tennessee for the final round on Tuesday morning. Those groups will go off from the tenth tee, beginning at 8:50 a.m.