McDaniel Leads Day Two Charge at Schenkel Invitational
STATESBORO, Georgia – Junior Tyler “Chip” McDaniel carded a 4-under, 68, to lead a day two charge from the Kentucky men’s golf team during the second round of play at the Schenkel Invitational on Saturday. McDaniel surged ahead on the individual leaderboard 28 spots to move into a tie for 18th overall and push the Cats into a tie for eighth with a final round of 18 slated for Sunday.
What Head Coach Brian Craig is Saying:
"We had a terrific effort today and played a solid round of golf. It was definitely a step in the right direction. It was also great to see Chip play like he is capable of today. He is a super leader for our team and is so deserving of all of the good golf that comes his way due to his work ethic and desire. We need to come out tomorrow and keep playing like a team that has something to prove.”
About the Lineup:
McDaniel had a magnificent round – easily the best of the spring season for the Manchester, Kentucky, native – as he played near flawless golf from start to finish. UK’s All-American posted three birdies and an eagle to counter just one bogey in today’s round. He shot a 1-under 35 on the back nine which included a red number on the par-four 17th. Through the opening nine, McDaniel produced a 3-under score highlighted by an eagle on the par-five seventh. He combined for a 4-under score, and has now amassed nine rounds with a par or better score on the year.
Sophomore Lukas Euler and freshman Matt Liston also recorded under-par rounds. The duo both shot a 1-under, 71 and are tied for 33rd overall on the individual leaderboard. The 71 marked the first-ever under-par score for Liston. The first-year player, appearing in just his second-career event, fended off two bogeys on the back nine with four red numbers on the front nine. Euler’s round included three birdies and an eagle on the par-five No. 18.
Senior Stephen Stallings put together an even-par score on day two. He is in 32nd following 36 holes of action. Saturday’s round featured two birdies, both of which came on the final hole of the front and back nine.
Junior Cooper Musselman secured a 1-over score on the day and is in a tie for 27th with an even-par score for the tournament. Musselman logged five birdies on the day with two coming on the par-five ninth and 18th.
Sophomore Fred Allen Meyer sits in a tie for 60th after a Saturday score of 77.
The Tournament Field:
UK is making its 12th-consecutive appearance at the Schenkel Invitational. The Wildcats finished tied for third last season, their best finish other than sole possession of third place during their first appearance back in 2006.
The host Eagles of Georgia Southern lead the field at 20-under par. Vanderbilt (-13), Florida (-12), NC State (-12) and Lipscomb (-8) round out the top five. Kentucky’s combined 4-under effort was the fifth-lowest round of the day to move from 12th to eighth place. Only NC State was a bigger mover on day two. The Cats are within nine strokes of a top-five finish.
About the Course:
A private club that opened in 1947, Forest Heights was designed by George Cobb. This weekend, participants will play 54 holes with Sunday’s round of 18 completing the tournament. The course will play at 6,972 yards with a par of 72. Fans can follow live scoring on GolfStat.
Forest Heights Country Club
T8 Kentucky – 293, 284 -577 (+1)
T18 Chip McDaniel – 74, 68 - 142 (-2)
T27 Cooper Musselman – 72, 73 - 144 (E)
32 Stephen Stallings – 73, 72 – 145 (+1)
T33 Lukas Euler – 75, 71 - 146 (+2)
T33 Matt Liston* – 75, 71 – 146 (+2)
T60 Fred Allen Meyer – 75, 77 - 152 (+8)
* competing as individual