HUMBLE, Tex. – The Charlotte 49ers men’s golf team slipped two spots to 12th after the second round of the Bayou City Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Houston. The Niners improvde by a stroke from round one to round two with a 292 (+4) navigating the 6,967-yard, par 72 layout.
Franco Castro led the way on Saturday improving a shot himself for a second round 71. Castro would out together seven straight pars before picking up a birdie on the 443-yard par four seventeenth. Charlotte went around the back nine first on Saturday. Castro improved again with a birdie the 392-yard, par four sixth for the second-straight day, but gave the shot right back on the par three seventh to end with a front side 36 remaining at one-under for the tournament.
John Boehme started his round with a string of five-straight pars before dropping a shot on the longest hole around the course, the 575-yard par five fifteenth. Boehme bounced back with a birdie on #1 starting his back nine moving to even-par on the day before dropping his last shot of the day on the par five fourth.
Raoul Menard immediately started his day with a birdie on the 372-yard par four tenth but gave it right back on the 420-yard par four eleventh. After three pars and a birdie on the thirteenth, Menard wrapped up the front nine with his third and final birdie to shoot a one-over 37. A bogey on #1 was Menard’s last as the junior pared his final eight holes on Saturday to conclude with a two-over 74, standing a one-over for the tournament tied for 19th overall.
Riley Davenport posted his second-straight 74 going two-over par using a pair of birdies on the front nine, both par five’s. Seth Gandy wrapped up team scoring with a 77 on Saturday. Gandy stood at one-over through 13 picking up pars on 15 of his 18 holes.
Houston, the tournament’s host, improved three shots as a team pushing their overall team lead to nine over Texas. The Cougars’ Wesley McClain has the individual lead through two rounds carding a 69 after his first round 68.
For the third-straight round, the Niners will be paired with New Mexico State and will have Conference USA foe UTSA join them. The final round tee times Sunday will begin at 9:45 a.m. for Charlotte with everyone starting on #1.