UTC opened its day at the 10th hole, something Head Coach Mark Guhne saw as a challenge.
“The back nine is the harder side,” said Guhne. “I felt if we got off to a good start through the 18th, we could distance ourselves playing the final nine on the front side.”
The Mocs did as requested making the turn at two-over par.
“We did not finish well,” added Guhne. “We were in position to put the tournament away and we kept the field in it. Our hands are full going into tomorrow.”
The Mocs shot even par for their final nine holes. The Gamecocks still have several holes to play.
Jonathan Hodge continues to pace the Mocs after a second round 73 (+1) has him tied for second overall at 142 (-2). Fredrick Qvicker had the round of the day for UTC shooting 71 (-1) to finish his day tied for at ninth at 145 (+1).
Derek Rende and Ben Rickett matched opening-round totals of 73 and are tied for 14th at two-over par 146. J.T. Clendenin had the day’s drop score of 74 (+2), and is tied with Rickett and Rende at 146 in 14th.
The Mocs brought Eric Forsman on the trip to play as an individual. At 149 (+5), he is tied for 37th following his 74 today.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with 18 holes. Completion of round two will start at 7:45 a.m.
>The last time the Mocs led going into the final round was the win March 10-11 at the Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate.
>This is the fourth tournament
>The Mocs are 8-0-0 this season against conference schools (Davidson, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro & Western Carolina), with a 366-stroke advantage in four different tournaments. Since a third-place finish in the 2006 SoCon Championships,
>TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index): Appalachian State,