FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 6, 2019) -- On Friday, it was Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) making a strong finish to end the round, and on Saturday it was fellow sophomore Jack Rhea’s (Jonesborough, Tenn.) turn.
Rhea, who is eyeing his eighth top-25 finish of the season, carded an eagle and two birdies over his final five holes to finish with a 4-under-par 67 in second-round play at the Mason Rudolph Championship from the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course. Overall, Rhea jumped 25 spots up the leaderboard and sits tied for 17th at 3-under-par 139 following 36 holes. The Jonesborough, Tenn. native started slow on Saturday as he bogeyed two of his first three holes, but he bounced back nicely by collecting three birdies over a four-hole stretch between No. 4-7. After walking away with a bogey on No. 10, Rhea parred three straight and then ended the day with a lot of momentum. Rhea’s surge started with an eagle on the par-5, 517-yard No. 14 and followed that up with birdies on No. 15 and 17 to end the afternoon with a 67.
As a team, the Bucs shot a 2-under 282 on Saturday and moved into a tie for ninth with No. 45 Northwestern at 2-under-par 566.
Marquette’s Austin Kendziorski, playing as an individual, registered his second straight round of 66 move atop the leaderboard at 10-under-par 132. Kendziorski will carry a one-shot lead over No. 17 Steven Fisk (Georgia Southern) and Tennessee’s Nolan Ray into Sunday’s final round.
Tournament host and fourth-ranked Vanderbilt made a commanding move on Saturday as the Commodores recorded a 15-under 269 to jump nine spots into first-place at 15-under-par 553. Vanderbilt holds a four-shot lead over both Tennessee and Coastal Carolina. No. 20 Liberty is five shots off the pace in fourth and Memphis moved to fifth at 7-under-par 561.
Sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) posted his second straight round of 71 and is tied for 28th at even-par 142, while senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) is tied for 45th at 2-over-par 144. Redshirt junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) shot a 1-over 72 on Saturday and is tied for 56th at 4-over-par 146.
Sunday’s final round will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern). The Bucs will be paired with Northwestern, MTSU and Georgia Southern.
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