HONOLULU, Hawaii – The No. 16 Mississippi State men’s golf team built off of its opening day with a historic second round at the Kapolei Invitational. The Bulldogs shot a combined 18-under 270, which marked State’s second-lowest round in program history.
For the first time this season, all five of MSU’s golfers in the team lineup finished multiple strokes under par, including individual Alejandro Pedryc, leading to MSU’s lowest round against par since last year’s 23-under showing at the Mossy Oak Collegiate.
“I was proud of the bounce back and resiliency we showed today,” head coach Dusty Smith said. “This golf course is very gettable, so we need to come out with the same mindset we had today. There is a lot of golf to play, and we need to stay locked in on what we do.”
State climbed five spots over the course of the round, rising from a tie for 14th place into a deadlock for ninth. The Bulldogs now stand at 22-under for the tournament, on pace for their lowest to-par tournament this year.
In what was a complete team effort, Hunter Logan paced the Bulldogs for the second consecutive round. Logan followed up a 5-under opening round, with a 6-under 66 in the tournament’s second round. He now stands tied for third at 11-under, and added eight birdies, bringing him to 14 total through two rounds.
Logan carded four straight birdies on holes No. 6 through 9 to close his day. Those served as four of five birdies in what was a bogey-free front nine. Logan’s 66 is his ninth par or better round of the year and his eighth in the 60s.
Pedro Cruz Silva followed closely behind him, matching his career-low round with a 5-under 67. Cruz Silva went bogey-free on the front nine and carded six birdies throughout the round. The round marks his second round in the 60s this season and the eighth over the course of his career. He now stands at 2-under through two rounds.
For the second straight round, Garrett Endicott and Alejandro Pedryc, had matching scores. Both Bulldogs shot 4-under 68s and currently are tied with fellow Bulldog Harrison Davis for 40th place in the 114-man field. Pedryc, who was competing as an individual, matched the lowest 18-hole total of his collegiate career, which also came at last year’s Mossy Oak Collegiate. Endicott was the lone Bulldog to go bogey-free throughout…