Scots record first-ever below par score with a 285 in Rhodes Fall Classic second round

Scots record first-ever below par score with a 285 in Rhodes Fall Classic second round

The Maryville College Men's Golf squad continued their assault on the Scots' record books from the 2017-18 season on Sunday afternoon, as Maryville posted six team records in the second round of the Rhodes College Fall Classic.

The squad carded a three-under 285 in the second round of action, as it marks the first time in school history that the Scots had a round below par.

Hunter DeSena, Garrett Compliment, Tyler Bray and Wil Manuel each posted scores of even par or lower in the round, as MC exited the day ranked eighth out of 20 teams.

"That's the first time we've ever shot under par, and we actually had it at 5-under for a long time yesterday," Head Coach Ron Waters said. "We made a couple bogeys late, but the guys played really well. It was a tough start in the morning. Hunter didn't play very well in the morning, and Wil tweaked his back. They got loose in the afternoon, so it was a really good day for us. I'm really proud of them. They've put in the time and the effort, and they're playing with some confidence. It's just the start of things that we can expect for the rest of the year, I hope."

MC's 285 becomes the lowest round in school history, as the Scots best their previous par-72 best by five strokes. Maryville scored a two-over 290 at the 2017 Rhodes College Fall Classic last season, as only a 287 on the par-71 against Hiwassee ranked better.

The second round also aids Maryville in tallying the best score versus par for a 36-hole span. The Orange and Garnet's 584 ranked four shots below MC's 12-over 588 last season. The only score lower for MC was a 581 (+21) score in the par-70 Maryville College Invitational last season.

"Considering that we had to count an 81 yesterday morning, that tells you how well we played the rest of the day," Waters said. "One of the biggest things was that the 73 that we threw out yesterday was by far the lowest throw away score that we've ever had. It wasn't just two or three guys doing it. All five guys played great in the afternoon. I'm really proud of what they did yesterday. It was a great round, and we're hoping to see a lot more of those in the future."

DeSena and Manuel both had huge turnaround in the second round of a 36-hole Sunday. Both golfers carded matching 81s in the opening round, before DeSena came back with a two-under par 70 in the second round.

The sophomore posted three birdies with just one bogey in the round, as he birdied two of the four 500-yard-plus par fives. He ranked tied for 61st with a two-day score of 151 (+7).

Manuel's second round was a stellar improvement, as well, as the senior scored an even-par 72 in the second 18 of the day. He had four birdies in the round to improve the Scots' second-round tally. He had a two-day total of 153 (+9).

Compliment – a junior – continued his stellar play on the soggy course. After the second round, Compliment sits at two-under with a 142. He shot matching one-under 71s in each round.

"He was very solid," Waters said. "His short game was very good. He didn't make a lot of birdies, and he didn't make a lot of bogeys either. Today, he's made I think three birdies in the last four holes, so he's playing well today."

In all, Compliment has made five birdies to just one bogey and one double bogey. His 36-hole total ties him as the 10th-lowest in Maryville College history, matching Trey Bridwell from the NCAA Division III Championship and Jeremy Cason from the Maryville College Invitational – both in 2010.

Bray also has had an impressive performance on the Tunica National Course. The sophomore posted matching even-par 72s to finish the first two rounds at even, 144.

Bray's score is the 14th lowest in MC history, as it ties both Reid Henderson and Bridwell.

Freshman Andy Cofer improved his round-one total of 75 by two strokes, as the first-year golfer has posted five birdies in his first collegiate tournament.

Maryville ranked eighth after the second round, improving from a tie for 12th. Huntingdon College and University of Texas at Tyler lead the tournament with matching 11-under 565s.

University of Texas at Tyler's Tyler Uhlig ranked first with a 10-under 134, while Huntingdon's Henry Gee is second with a nine-under 135.

The Scots are finishing round three of the Rhodes College Fall Classic today. Action is already underway in Tunica, Miss.