Olympia Fields, Ill. – All-American Christo Lamprecht fired a 4-under-par 66 Saturday to take sole possession of the individual lead, while No. 4 Georgia Tech played an even-par round and sits in third place after 36 holes at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.
After sharing the first-round lead Friday with a 5-under-par 65, Lamprecht set the tournament record for 36-hole score at 9-under-par 131 and leads the tournament by one stroke. The 6-foot-8 senior supplanted the 8-under-par mark of 132 set by Stanford’s Maverick McNealy in 2015 and matched last year by Adrien Dumont de Chassart of Illinois. The winner of the Amateur Championship last summer, Lamprecht is looking for his second collegiate victory, the first coming last fall at the Inverness Intercollegiate.
Tech and 11th-ranked Texas, the opening round leader, both played level-par golf Saturday, but they dropped behind top-ranked North Carolina, who blistered the OFCC North Course with an 11-under-par round of 269, a tournament record, and opened a six-stroke lead after 36 holes.
Sunday’s final round gets underway with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Eastern time.
TECH LINEUP – After starting Saturday’s round with four birdies in his first six holes, Lamprecht bogeyed three of his next six to fall behind briefly. The George, South Africa native finished with three birdies in his final six holes to retake the lead in the medal race. His 36-hole total of 132 is his best since opening the 2021 Maui Jim Invitational with scores of 65-63 (128).
Bartley Forrester moved into a tie for eighth place individually by carding a 2-under-par 68 Saturday. The Gainesville, Ga., senior played his first 15 holes bogey-free with four birdies before he bogeyed 16 and 17 coming in.
Tech’s other counting scores Saturday came from senior Aidan Kramer (Oviedo, Fla.) with a 2-over-par 72 and freshman Kale Fontenot (Lafayette, La.), with a 4-over-par 74. Freshman Carson Kim (Yorba Linda, Fla.) did not factor for the second straight day with a 79.
Fontenot is tied for 30th place with a 36-hole total of 143 (+3), while Kramer is tied for 44th place at 145 (+5).
Bartley Forrester moved into the top-10 individually Saturday after firing a 2-under-par 68. (photo by Eldon Lindsay)
TEAM LEADERBOARD – Four Tar Heels broke par Saturday at Olympia Fields to lift top-ranked North Carolina, 11-under-par for the round, to the top of the leaderboard at 10-under-par 550, six shots ahead of Texas (556, -4)…