KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers men’s golf team stands in third place, just one shot off the lead, after day one of the 2014 Irish Creek Intercollegiate. Charlotte held the lead for most of rounds one and two before late rallies by #50 North Florida and #47 Georgia State put the tied at the top heading into Sunday’s final round. Thomas Rowland is tied for the individual lead after firing a five-under 137. Charlotte will be paired with both Georgia State and North Florida for Sunday’s finale. All five players will start at 8:30 a.m. going off of the front nine.
“I feel like we did a lot of great things out there today,” remarked Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. “With that being said, I still feel like we can play even better. The objective now for our guys is to understand the many positives of today, build on those and come out with great focus and energy ready to play well again tomorrow.”
Rowland started round one on hole 11 stringing together 12 straight pars to open up his morning. Rowland would get to three-under par by posting a birdie on the par four fifth followed by an eagle three on the par five sixth to conclude at 68. Starting the second circuit around The Club at Irish Creek, Rowland began with a bogey on 11 before registering his second eagle of the day, this time on the par five 13th. Not to slow the eagle momentum, Rowland posted back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 before adding three-straight birdies on holes 5-7 to help end round two at two-under 69 to share the overnight lead.
“Thomas had a fantastic day,” continued Cabbage. “Bogey free in the morning really got us off to a good start.”
Franco Castro and Raoul Menard would both finished day one behind Rowland with a three-over par 145. Castro opened with a pair of birdies over his first three in the opening round while adding a birdie on four. Castro would record five bogeys to round out his first round score at two-over 73. On the second trip around, Castro would start with a pair of pars before two more birdies in a three-hole stretch to get to two-under through six. After two bogeys ending 27 holes, Castro would end with eight pars of his final nine holes wrapping up at one-over 72.
Menard’s day could only get better after starting the opening hole with a triple-bogey seven and bogey five on #12. From there, Menard poured in a two birdies to go along with nine pars to help get himself to a four-over 75 in round one. The final 18 for Saturday started with seven-straight pars before trading a bogey on 18 and birdie on three to get back to even par. Menard would add a final birdie on the par five sixth to finish at one-under 70.
Riley Davenport and Dan Hendry would wrap up team scoring with a pair of two-over 73’s in both Saturday rounds. Davenport started Saturday with a birdie mixed in between five pars before dropping three shots with a bogey on 16 and double on one. Davenport played his final eight holes even after trading a birdie on four with a bogey on five. Round two saw Davenport record just one birdie on eight to end his day after three bogeys over the first 16 holes.
Hendry began his morning with an eagle on 14 after a pair of pars on 12 and 13. Hendry would give those two shots back on 16 and 17 before putting together a string of nine-straight pars. Hendry ended round one with a pair of bogeys on eight and nine for his two-over 73. Hendry was on fire to start round two starting with three-straight birdies on 12, 13 and 14 to bolt out to three-under par. But, just as he did in round one, he did in round two giving those three strokes back with three bogeys on 15, 16 and 17. Hendry would balance out the rest of round two with 10 pars and two bogeys.
Playing as individuals, Daniel Brantley recovered nicely after an opening round 79 (+8) to record a second round 70 (-1). Seth Gandy would put together more of a consistent outing with a 76 (+5) and 74 (+3). Brantley would post two birdies in round one while adding six more in round two wrapping up his round under par. Gandy would post a pair of red numbers with birdies on five and 13 in round one before finishing round two with a birdie on 11 and eagle on 14.