Anderson and Evans notch hole-in-ones, Ga. Southern takes lead
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern seniors Hayden Anderson and Will Evans each notched a hole-in-one, and the Eagles shot a 12-under-par 276 to move into first place in the second round of the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club on Saturday.
It was the Eagles' lowest team score since 2005 and five strokes off the school record. Evans used a pitching wedge to ace the par-3, 130-yard 6th hole, while Anderson used a 5-iron on the par 3, 198-yard 13th hole.
"To have two senior roommates have a hole-in-one on the same day at the Schenkel is unbelievable," Georgia Southern coach Larry Mays said. "It's really indescribable."
Anderson went on to finish with a 67, matching his career low, to move into a tie for third. Evans finished with a 71 and is tied for eighth.
The Eagles (-14) moved ahead of UAB (-10), which shot 7-under Saturday, in the team standings, and College of Charleston (-9) was 11-under to take sole possession of third.
It was a good day for scoring at Forest Heights as eight of the 15 teams shot under par. Georgia State led the charge with a 273 (-15) to jump from 14th into seventh. North Florida shot a 278 to move from seventh into fourth.
Texas' Kramer Hickok shot a 68 to move from eighth into a tie for the lead with Martin Rohwer of UAB, who carded a 66. Federico Zucchetti of No. 7 UCF notched eight birdies on the day, and his lone blemish was a bogey on hole 6 as he posted a 65, the lowest score of the day, to move from 78th into a tie for 23rd.
MJ Maguire (North Florida), Taylor Hancock (North Florida), Beau Hossler (Texas) and Jimmy Stanger (No. 9 Virginia) all shot under par Saturday and are tied for third. Texas' Gavin Hall holed out on 6 as well, making it three aces on the day.
Anderson strung together three consecutive birdies on holes 3, 4 and 5 and then notched an eagle on hole 7. He double bogeyed 8 and birdied 9 to reach 4-under at the turn. He preceded the ace on 13 with a birdie on 12 and after three straight bogeys, birdied 18.
Charlie Martin and Scott Wolfes each birdied their last two holes for Georgia Southern. Martin finished with a 68, which puts him in a tie for 15th, and Wolfes recorded a 70 and is tied for 12th.
Martin sandwiched a double bogey on hole 6 with birdies on 5 and 7 and made the turn even. He logged four birdies on the back for his 68. Wolfes was 1-under at the turn after sandwiching a bogey on hole 8 with birdies on holes 7 and 9. After a double bogey on hole 10, he notched three birdies the rest of the way for the 70.
Evans began the day with five pars in a row before the ace on hole 6. He added a birdie on hole 7 but bogeyed hole 9 to make the turn at 2-under and played the back at 1-over for a 71.
Individual Sam Towler fired a 70 for his lowest round as an Eagle, and Henry Mabbett shot a 72 and is tied for 15th. Christian Humber birdied three of his last five holes for an even 72, and Drew Guffey posted a 75. Kim Koivu carded a 76 and Matthew Mierzejewski shot a 77.
The tournament will conclude with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in an effort to beat the rain.