KAUAI, Hawaii (Oct. 29, 2018) -- A pair of sophomores are pacing the ETSU men’s golf team out in Hawaii.
Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) both posted scores below par as second round play concluded on Monday from the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.
For the second consecutive round Rhea totaled seven birdies en route to carding a 3-under 69 and moved 21 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 20th at 3-under-par 141. Again, Rhea – who started on hole No. 8 – was on fire down the stretch as he birdied four straight holes – No. 2 thru No. 5 – which made up for another up-and-down run earlier in the round. Rhea was three-under thru his first seven holes; however, he posted back-to-back bogeys, followed by a double-bogey over three holes (No. 15 – No. 17), which moved her to one-over. Fortunately, Rhea bounced back in a big way to move up the leaderboard by totaling his 69. Rhea’s 14 birdies are the second-most in the 112-player field.
Go shot a 1-under 71 for the second straight day, but one hole cost the Buccaneer sophomore mightily as he’s tied for 23rd at 2-under-par 142. Following his third birdie of the round on the par-3, 255-yard No. 13, Go recorded a nine on the par-4, 338-yard No. 14, moving him to three-over for the round. However, Go continued to battle and finished with four birdies over his last 10 holes – including three consecutive from No. 4 thru No. 6 – to end the day with a 71.
The Buccaneer duo and the remainder of the field are chasing McNeese’s Blake Elliott as he holds the 36-hole lead at 13-under-par 131. Elliott went low on Monday by firing a 9-under 63, which moved him seven spots up the board to hold a two-shot lead over Pepperdine’s Joshua McCarthy. McCarthy began the day in second and held his ground by posting a 5-under 67 to move his score to 11-under-par 133.
As a team, ETSU shot a 6-over 294 in round two and the Bucs are tied for 15th at 7-over-par 583.
Pepperdine continues to lead the in the team standings as the 11th-ranked Waves are at 19-under-par 557. Missouri went low and moved into second-place after recording a 13-under 275 on Monday. The Tigers enter the final round three shots back at 15-under-par 561.
The tournament wraps up with its final round beginning Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.
Live scoring for the tournament is provided via Golfstat. Recaps and scores will be posted on ETSUBucs.com following each round, while Twitter updates can be accessed by following @ETSU_MGolf.
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