Wildcats use Under Par Day to Climb into Fourth at USF Invitational
March 4, 2013
DADE CITY, Fla. – The University of Kentucky men’s golf team posted the fourth-lowest team score on Monday, firing a 1-under-par, 287 and are in fourth place in the 17-team field at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla., at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. UK is currently 6-over-par for the tournament and 13 strokes off the leader N.C. State, who is 9-under. The invitational is scheduled to conclude with a final round of 18 on Tuesday.
“We played solid golf today and showed improvement,” head coach Brian Craig said. “I am really proud of Will Bishop who played his last 10 holes in five under par to post a 70. We need a good one tomorrow. However, our main goal is to stay focused on what we can control and be patient for all 18 holes.”
Bishop led the way for the Cats with his 2-under-par, 70. After starting 3-over through the first eight holes, the sophomore sank an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole that seemed to kick start his round. Bishop recorded three birdies on the back nine, including on back-to-back holes No. 13 and 14 to complete his round. The Lexington native is tied for 22nd overall at 3-over-par for the tournament.
Junior Stephen Powers entered Monday’s round tied for the overall lead at 4-under-par. The Naperville, Ill., native continued his torrid play into today moving all the way to 6-under before ending at 4-under with an even par round. Powers is tied for third overall and just four strokes off the leader.
Junior Ben Stow also had a solid round for the Wildcats, posting four birdies on the afternoon and ending the round with a 1-under-par, 71. Stow is tied for 14th overall at 1-over-par.
Cody Martin carded a 2-over-par, 74 after tallying three birdies on the day and is tied for 37th. Senior Joseph Barr, who is competing as an individual, turned in an impressive round with a 2-under-par, 70 and is tied for 26th at 4-over. Barr charted four birdies on the day, while recording just two bogeys.
The third and final round will take place tomorrow. Live stats of the USF Invitational are available at www.golfstat.com.
Dade City, Fla. – March 3-5
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club
Par: 72 – Yardage: 7,600
T3. Stephen Powers – 68 – 72 – 140 (-4)
T14. Ben Stow – 74 – 71 – 145 (+1)
T22. Will Bishop – 77 – 70 – 147 (+3)
T37. Cody Martin – 76 – 74 – 150 (+6)
90. Chase Parker – 82 – 81 – 163 (+19)
T26 *Joseph Barr – 78 – 70 – 148 (+4)
4. Kentucky – 295 – 287 – 582 (+6)