Men’s golf tied for seventh after 36-holes at Sea Best Invitational

Monday, January 30, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2012) – ETSU senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) fired a second round 1-under-par 71 to sit in a tie for eighth place on the individual leaderboard at 4-over total during the opening day of the Sea Best Invitational at the famed PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

ETSU currently sits in a tie for seventh position with No. 41 East Carolina on the team leaderboard at +37 (315-298—613). The Bucs moved up two spots on the leaderboard from the first round. The Bucs were in ninth after the opening 18-holes.

Enoch’s steady second round included three birdies and just two bogeys. He along with freshman Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) led the way for the Bucs in the opening 18-holes as each fired rounds of 77 (+5). Pugh also improved during his final round as he recorded a solid 1-over-par 73 to sit in a tie for 16th overall at 6-over.

Freshman Scott Gibson (Dumfries, Scotland) had a dramatic eight-shot improvement from his first to second round as he came in with a steady even-par second round. Gibson opened the day with an 80 (+8) and he now sits in a tie for 23rd at +8 (80-72—152).

No. 32-ranked Florida sits atop the team standings after two-rounds with an 11-over (587) total. The Gators are 11-shots clear of the field. No. 36 Liberty is in second at 22-over, while No. 7 North Florida is in third at 30-over. Florida closed out the day with the lowest team score of the tournament – a 4-under-par 284.

T.J. Vogel of Florida has the individual lead at 2-under-par overall. Brandon Pena of Florida Gulf Coast is just one shot back at 1-under. The course was playing extremely difficult as Vogel and Varner are the only two in the 69-player field currently under-par after 36-holes. Harold Varner of East Carolina sits just two back of the lead at even-par.

ETSU freshman Tom Heggarty (Cheshire, England) is tied for 55th at 163 (+19). Heggarty opened the day with an 81 before closing out the afternoon with an 82.

Tee times for Tuesday’s 18-holes will begin with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The Bucs will be paired with Florida Gulf Coast and East Carolina on day two beginning at 9:42 a.m. Live scoring for the tournament will be available through golfstat.com.

Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, birthplace of the TPC (Tournament Players Club) Network, and backdrop to the PGA TOUR headquarters, the TPC Sawgrass golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is perhaps the world’s most famous golf course.  THE PLAYERS Stadium Course sports one of the most recognizable and challenging holes on the PGA Tour. The notorious par-3, 17th hole, features an island green that makes or breaks many a PGA TOUR pro’s round.

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course was built to challenge the pros like no other golf course had done before, while providing an unprecedented experience for spectators at the same time.

TPC Sawgrass is not only one of the top Florida golf resorts, but it is recognized nationally by multiple golf publications as a destination. THE PLAYERS Stadium course is ranked the No. 2 golf course in Florida by Golf Digest magazine and it ranks consistently among the Golf Digest’s top 50 golf courses in the country.

Golfweek honored THE PLAYERS Stadium Course as the top course you can play in Florida and ranked it ninth among the Best Resort Courses in 2011.

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