BREMERTON, Wash. – Braxton Watts shot a 4-under 68 in round two and the University of Utah men’s golf team was 4-under as a squad during the second round of the Husky Invitational, which began with 36 holes on Monday at the Gold Mountain-Olympic Course in Bremerton, Wash.
“We had a good afternoon round, which was awesome!” said head coach Garrett Clegg. “We started poorly this morning and couldn’t seem to get anything going, then this afternoon I felt like we played solid golf. Braxton did a really good job converting some key birdies and was rock solid today, which was great to see! We still struggled at times with our decision making. We have to clean that up tomorrow and hopefully we can climb the leaderboard!”
Watts’ rock-solid day started with a first round in which he swapped bogeys and birdies, collecting four of each before finishing with an even-par 72 that put him 27th. He closed his first 18 holes by posting red numbers three times in his final five tries, however, and kept that momentum going into the afternoon.
Starting on the back nine, the junior from Farmington, Utah carded four birdies over his first nine holes and added one more on the par-5 sixth to finish off the 68 that moved him 21 spots up the leaderboard. Only one player in the tournament field had a lower second round score than Watts, who heads into Tuesday four strokes off the lead.
Javier Barcos started the competition with three back-nine birdies and added two more on the front nine to record Utah’s best round one score at 1-under. Barcos’ completed the day even for the tournament and tied for 26th.
Two of the five players sitting in 52nd are Gabriel Palacios and Brandon Robison. Both players knocked several shots off their scores in round two, with Palacios improving from a 76 to a 71. The latter mark included a 2-under 34 on the back nine. Robison sliced off three strokes, entering the clubhouse with an even-par 72 in the afternoon to join his teammate at 3-over. Peter Jung is currently 72nd.
As a team, no squad climbed up the rankings in round two more than the Utes, who improved four spots with a 4-under 284.
Three more Utes participated in the Husky Individual Invitational on the Gold Mountain Cascade Course and Tanner Telford had the best day by a Utah golfer in that event. Telford put up just…