STATESBORO, Ga. – No. 24 Mississippi State finished the first round of the 43rd annual Schenkel Invitational in second, shooting 4-under as a team. The Bulldogs combined for 18 birdies on the day while having to face difficult windy conditions.
“We showed a lot of grit and resiliency today,” head coach Dusty Smith said. “We got hit in the mouth hard early in the round but we chose not to panic and just kept playing golf. With that being said, we need to make sure we come out with confidence tomorrow and take the momentum we got at the end of our day into the round tomorrow.”
𝓗𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓯 𝓪 𝓭𝓪𝔂, 𝓗𝓾𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻 𝓛𝓸𝓰𝓪𝓷‼️
The senior cards back-to-back birdies on the final two holes to finish with a 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐑-𝐋𝐎𝐖 65!#HailState🐶 pic.twitter.com/hmoANOLq2C
— Mississippi State Men’s Golf (@HailStateMG) March 17, 2023
Hunter Logan carded a career-low round of 65 while shooting 7-under. He made five of his six birdies on a bogey-free back nine, including an eagle on the ninth hole. Logan holds the individual lead by one stroke ahead of Georgia Southern’s Mason Williams, who is playing on his home course, going into the second round.
“What a big-time round by Hunter,” Smith added. “He was in control all day and played us a much needed great round of golf.”
Ruan Pretorius finished the day tied for 12th shooting 1-under. He made two birdies on a bogey-free back nine and went 17 consecutive holes shooting par or better.
Ford Clegg sits in a seven-way tie for 27th through the first round, recording three birdies for the round. Garrett Endicott ended the day tied for 44th with three birdies.
Austin Vukovits and Pedro Cruz Silva both sit in a five-way tie for 60th.
Vukovits will tee off for the second round at 9:30 a.m. CT from the No. 1 tee followed by Endicott, Clegg, Pretorius and Logan in nine-minute increments. Cruz Silva will tee off at 9:32 a.m. CT from the 10th tee box.
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