|Menard Sixth After Two Rounds in Durham|
The Charlotte golf squad sits seventh, just four strokes from second place at three-over par (288-291 – 579) after two rounds and day one of the Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke Golf Course in Durham. Second and eighth place are separated by just nine strokes in the tightly packed tournament, heading into a third and final round on Sunday morning.
Sophomore Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardien, Quebec / Beaulieu) posted a pair of sub-par rounds to sit at three-under par and in a tie for sixth place in the 66-player field. Menard posted four birdies in each of his first two rounds, with none coming on the same hole in his 36-hole circuit. Menard started with a one-under 71 in the opening round and capped that off with a two-under 72 as Charlotte’s best finish of the day.
Sophomore Thomas Rowland (Consett, England / St. Bedes Catholic School and Sixth Form College) is alone in 19th place at one-over par, paced by an opening round 70, followed by a 75 in the afternoon. Rowland’s morning started with 12-straight pars before a birdie and a bogey left him at even par through 16 holes. He proceeded to birdie his last two holes of the morning round for the 70 and a tie for fourth place on the leaderboard.
Senior Franco Castro (Alpharetta, Ga. / LSU) is one stroke back and tied for 20th, at two-over par. He produced four birdies and five bogeys in the morning and came up with three more birdies to go with a bogey and double-bogey for a pair of 73 scores.
Sophomore Daniel Brantley (Asheboro, N.C.) is one stroke behind Castro at three-over par, in a tie for 28th. Brantley has five birdies in his tally after two rounds.
Charlotte’s two student-athletes playing as individuals, sophomore Riley Davenport (Woodstock, Ga. / Sequoya HS) and freshman Seth Gandy (Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS) both finished at even par through two rounds, to sit in a four way tie for 15 place on the leaderboard. Davenport was three over in the morning round, with two birdies, but turned in a three-under 69 in the afternoon, the best round of the day for the 49ers. Ha carded five birdies and just two bogeys in the second round. The Par-three eighth hole, at 173 yards, was a hole he birdied twice for the day. Gandy recorded Charlotte’s first eagle of the season, carding a two on the par-four 16th hole, at 402 yards. He was unable to see it drop on a 119-yard approach shot uphill that ended in the cup. Both of his rounds were even-par 72 as he and Davenport are both tied for 15th.
The 49ers will tee off at 9:05 from the tent hole with Ohio State and Pacific in the final round of the tournament Sunday morning.