Olympia, IL - Proving that their impressive first rounds of collegiate golf were not flukes, the three Seminole freshmen continued to lead the team after the second round of the Fighting Illini Invitational. The team is in ninth place after a 15-over 295 second round at the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club North Course.
“I thought the guys competed well today,” head coach Trey Jones said. “While the weather was perfect today, it was still difficult to get the ball close to the pins. We are okaying the same tees and hole locations that were used in the 2003 US Open. That tells you that the course is set up to make you execute to make pars.”
Freshmen Jack Maguire got into a sticky situation early with a double bogey on the fourth hole. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native stepped up to the plate and made a birdie on the next hole. He finished the day with a 3-over 73 and is currently tied for sixth place with a 2-over 142, five strokes out of first place.
Freshman Josh Lee of Orange Park, Fla., continued to play well with a 3-over 73. He now has a 6-over 146 after two rounds and is tied for 20th. Redshirt freshman Cristobal Del Solar of Viña del Mar, Chili started the morning rough with three bogeys in the first four holes, but came back on the back nine to finish the day with a 5-over 75. He enters tomorrow tied for 30th 9-over 149.
“Our three freshmen Cristobal, Josh and Jack are learning a great deal this week,” continued Jones. “Each of them has the potential to be great players for us this year. Tomorrow’s weather is 80% chance of rain with 10 mph wind. We will need the sophomores to step up and play to their ability.”
Sophomores Hank Lebioda (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Collin Engelhardt (Orlando, Fla.) both made a combined nine stroke improvement. After going 5-over on the last three holes yesterday, he shot even on the same holes today to finish with a 4-over 74 to move up seven positions to tied for 57th with a 13-over 153. Engelhardt made a four stroke improvement by not making a double bogey after making two Friday. After a birdie on the 11th hole, he finished the day with a 6-over 76.
No. 1 Alabama remains in first place with a 21 stroke lead over second place No. 3 Texas. While the Seminoles are tied for ninth place, they are only nine strokes out of third place and look to move up the leaderboard tomorrow.
The team tees off Sunday at 7:30 a.m. with Augusta and Texas Tech.