Maryville College improved their impressive day one score on Friday, as MC tallied three shots better to remain in fourth place after the second round of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Scots' 302-299, 601 is the best score they've ever posted through two rounds of any conference tournament. The Scots tallied a 602 in the 2011 Great South Athletic Conference Tournament, as they bested that by one shot through two rounds of play in LaGrange, Ga.
"We're playing well," Head Coach Ron Waters said. "We shot the third-lowest round of the day. Into this week, I felt like if we played really well, that we could finish third. We put ourselves in a really good position. We can finish in third, and if something happens – who knows – even better than that. So far this week, I'm really pleased, but I think tomorrow is really going to tell the story. I'm sure a lot of teams will play some good rounds, and we need to be one of them."
The Scots posted the second-lowest score they had ever tallied yesterday in the opening round, before they bested that mark with their sub-300 score on Friday despite winds gusting as high as 15 miles-per-hour.
The best two-round score in the USA South by Maryville prior to Friday was in 2014-15 when MC posted a 604. The lowest three-round tally MC has posted in the conference tournament was a 925 in the same year.
"I told the guys when we finished today, 'My goal for the week was to shoot 900, and I thought we would have a really good finish,'" Waters said. "We're one over from that. We need to shoot a couple shots under 300 tomorrow…The guys feel confident."
Garrett Compliment posted a 73-75, 148 to ranked tied for 11th, as Manuel had a 78-74, 152.
Doug Whitten improved two strikes on day two for a 78-76, 154, as D.J. Shelton scored an 81-80, 161.
"We had a good day," Waters said. "We let a few shots get away at the end of the day, which kept it from being a really great day, but it was still solid. Hopefully, we can come back and play well tomorrow. I'm happy with how the guys are playing. The conditions – the golf course is tough, and the wind is tough. Things have gone pretty well so far. We just need to have one more good day."
MC made four bogeys and a double in the last four holes, although Manuel added a pair of birdies in that stretch. Compliment added a third birdie, as Whitten added a fourth.
The Scots tallied 12 birdies in the round.
Methodist University fought against the swirling winds to shoot 10 shots worse than their opening round. The Monarchs took the lead with a 289-299, 588, as Huntingdon College ranks second with a 295-297, 592.
North Carolina Wesleyan fell to third with a 294-305, 599, as the Scots rank fourth with a 601.
N.C. Wesleyan's Grady Anderson continues to lead behind his four-under opening round, as he falls to three-under in day two for a 141 score. Greensboro College's Scott Campbell holds a 71-72, 143 for second, as Huntingdon's Stephen Shephard posted a 72-72, 144 for third.
The Scots will look to continue their consistent play tomorrow, as they face the third and final round of the USA South Tournament at Highlands Country Club in LaGrange, Ga. Maryville will first tee off at 8:48 a.m.