Las Vegas, Nev. – Ross Steelman carded a 3-under-par 69 to lead Georgia Tech on Monday and the 8th-ranked Yellow Jackets posted a 6-over-par 294 and stand tied for 11th place after 36 holes at the Southern Highlands Collegiate.
Following a similar pattern to Sunday’s opening round, Tech found better success on the front nine at Southern Highlands Golf Club, playing those nine holes 2-under-par, but struggled on the back nine, which the Jackets played first Monday. Though scores were generally higher Monday, Tech lost ground on the lead and are 26 strokes back entering the final 18 holes Tuesday.
Tuesday’s final round begins at 12 p.m. Eastern time, with groups teeing off both No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
TECH LINEUP – Steelman played steady golf on the opening (back) nine, with two birdies and two bogeys, and got into red figures on the front, making birdies at 1, 3 and 4 to play that side 3-under-par and get to the clubhouse with his 69. The senior from Columbia, Mo., is tied for 20th place after 36 holes at 143 (-1).
Christo Lamprecht couldn’t duplicate his opening day success (5-under-par 67), posting a pair of double bogeys on the back nine before steadying himself to play an even-par front and finish with a 77. The junior from George, South Africa is tied for 25th place at even-par 144.
Tech’s other counting scores Monday were an even-par 72 from senior Connor Howe (Ogden, Utah) and a 4-over- 76 from freshman Hiroshi Tai (Singapore). Tai is tied for 47th place at 147 (+3), Howe tied for 54th at 148 (+4).
Bartley Forrester (Gainesville, Ga.) didn’t count for Tech for the second straight day with a 78, and freshman Aidan Tran (Fresno, Calif.), competing as an individual, shot 2-under-par 70.
Connor Howe played even-par Monday at Southern Highlands Golf Club. (photo by Ross Obley)
TEAM LEADERBOARD – Fourth-ranked North Carolina didn’t come close to duplicating its sizzling opening round, but its 3-under-par 285 was good enough to keep six-stroke lead in the team race. The Tar Heels finished 36 holes at 20-under-par 556, and No. 16 Texas, who posted the day’s low round at 279 (-9), has second place at 14-under-par 562.
No. 14 Pepperdine is third at 565 (-11), followed by No. 7 Illinois at 566 (-10), No. 9 Oklahoma at 570 (-6), No. 11 Florida at 571 (-5) and host UNLV at 575 (-1). The rest of the 15-team field is over par.
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