STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State men’s golf team closed the second round of the Visit Knoxville Collegiate in second place, trailing only host Tennessee (-22) after 36 holes.
As a team, the Bulldogs (-10) shot a 4-under 276, led in large part by a 4-under showings from Hunter Logan and Josep Serra. Logan is now 7-under for the tournament as a whole and leads the field by one stroke. He started and finished strong, leading the Bulldogs with eight birdies in the round, including three straight on Holes 4-6. His 66 stands as the third-best round of his career.
“We did a nice job rebounding from a tough start this morning,” head coach Dusty Smith said. “The guys showed a lot of resilience out there. I was really pleased with how Josep and Hunter played. They played very smart, disciplined and clean golf.”
In his second round for the Bulldogs, newcomer Serra matched his career low with a 4-under 66. Serra eagled the fourth tee on his way to 4-under front nine. He held that pace to leap 21 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for seventh at 3-under overall.
Garrett Endicott built on his first-round performance, birdieing six holes through the second 18, and raising his total to 11 throughout the tournament, which trails only Logan. He is also tied for seventh in the field at 3-under. He passed another Bulldog in the school record book and is now tied for eighth with 12 career rounds in the 60s.
Harrison Davis shot an under-par front nine for the second straight day. He remains in the top half of the field, tied for 32nd at 4-over through 36 holes.
“We need to make sure we clean up some mental mistakes that we made coming down the stretch. The finishing holes are very difficult, but we need to be able to finish the round a bit better tomorrow,” Smith added. “We are excited for the opportunity tomorrow and need to make sure we compete with passion.”
State will tee off at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday alongside the leading Vols and third-place Ole Miss (-6). If the Bulldogs can improve on their first two days on the course, MSU could record the best season-opening score since winning the 1983 Mississippi Intercollegiate with a team total of 826. State needs to match Saturday’s 276 to tie that mark.
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