CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – After a strong second round, the Kentucky men’s golf team sits in seventh place through 36 holes at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial on Monday at Birdwood Golf Course. Kentucky teed off on holes 12 through 15 in a shotgun start for the opening round Monday morning, posting a 3-over 287 to sit 10th, before making a climb in the afternoon round, carding a 6-under 278 to tie for the third-best round of the second session. The 278 team score ties the Cats’ low round of the season, matching a second-round 278 at the Island Resort Intercollegiate.
Final-round play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET Tuesday.
Wood, a graduate student from Mason, Ohio, double bogeyed his second hole of the day, the par-4 14th, but bounced back with four mid-round birdies to post a 1-under 70. In the afternoon, Wood used five birdies against one bogey for a 4-under 67 to tie for seventh after 36 holes. The 67 tied for Wood’s low round of the year and he now his three-consecutive rounds under par and 12 on the season.
Junior Campbell Kremer battled his way to an opening-round 1-over-par 72 before using two birdies against one bogey on his second 18 to card a 1-under 70 to sit in a tie for 27th at even-par. Senior Alex Goff posted two birdies against two bogeys on his way to an even-par 71 in the morning but an up and down second-round 1-over 72 put in him a tie for 35th at 1-over for the tournament.
Graduate Dhaivat Pandya and freshman Kevin Watts round out the Wildcat lineup in a tie for 60th at 6-over. Pandya struggled in his opening round, carding an 8-over 79, but responded nicely in the afternoon, offsetting two bogeys with four birdies on his way to a 2-under 69, marking his seventh round of fifth round under-par this season. Watts had two birdies in the morning session, but was hindered by three bogeys and a double on his way to a 3-over 74. He then carded three birdies but had four bogeys and a double to match his score in the second round.
Playing as an individual, redshirt freshman Andrew Clark sits in a tie for 49th at 4-over through 36 holes. After an opening-round 4-over 75, Clark responded with six birdies to card an even-par 71 in the afternoon.
As a team, is tied for fourth in the 15-team field with 115 pars while Wood is tied for fourth in par-3 scoring at 1-under-par.
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