BARK RIVER, Mich. – The Kentucky men’s golf team used a strong second round to climb to fourth place after the opening day of the Island Resort Intercollegiate Sunday at Sage Run Golf Club. After an opening-round 11-over-par 299 in the morning, the Wildcats’ 10-under 278 in the second round was the best score of the afternoon by four strokes.
With one round to play Monday, Toledo leads the 13-team field at 9-under, followed by Illinois State at 4-under, Michigan at 3-under and the Wildcats at 1-over. Play resumes on Monday for the final 18 holes. Live stats are available via golfstat.com.
Graduate student Garrett Wood sits in fifth place at 5-under, two strokes back of leader NJ Botha of Toledo. Graduate transfer Dhaivat Pandya is tied for 18th at 1-over while senior Alex Goff is tied for 29th at 3-over. Playing as an individual, freshman Kevin Watts is tied for 24th at 2-over.
Pandya paced the Wildcats in the opening round, tallying three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth on his way to a 1-under-par 71. Wood notched four opening-round birdies to post a an even-par 72 while Campbell Kramer, Andrew Clark and Goff rounded out the lineup, each recording a 6-over 78.
Five Wildcats participated as individuals, paced by Watts, who totaled four birdies on the front nine, his second nine of the day, en route to a 1-over-par 73 in his first collegiate round.
Wood then paced the Wildcats in the second round, carding a 5-under 67. Goff bounced back with three birdies on each side, posting a 3-under-par 69, while Clark and Kramer each tallied a 1-under 71.
As a team, the Wildcats tallied the most birdies in the field with 40 while sitting second in par-5 scoring at 12-under.