Men's Golf Posts Best Round of the Day, Season at SEC Championships

April 17, 2010

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Behind the best team round of the day and the lowest team score of the 2009-10 season of 4-under-par 276 the University of Kentucky men's golf team made a dramatic climb up the leaderboard into a tie for sixth on day two of the SEC Championships at Sea Island Golf Club on Saturday.

Kentucky (296-276--572), which started the round in 11th, played brilliant golf all day to best its 18-hole low score of 279 by three strokes. The Wildcats improved 20 strokes from their opening round score, making the most dramatic move up the leaderboard on day two.

UK made the climb by getting even par or better rounds from seniors Ben Fuqua (73-68--141) and Jordan Blann (74-70--144), junior Brian Belden (76-70--146) and freshman Chase Parker (73-68--141) with Fuqua and Parker leading the way.

Fuqua and Parker each totaled 2-under-par 68 scores in the second round to sit at 1-over-par for the tournament and tied for eighth heading into the third round. Of the 60-player field only 10 under-par rounds were recorded in the second round, with UK and Georgia - who leads the overall tournament at even par - being the only schools to have two players post under-par scores on day two.

Fuqua, whose round of 68 ties his best round of the season, finished the day with four birdies. The native of Danville, Ky., started the day with two bogeys on the first three holes but responded by finishing the final 15 holes with four birdies and 11 pars.

Parker's round of 68 broke his season-best mark of 69 scored at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate.  Parker was impressive late in the round Saturday, posting four birdies on the back nine, including birdying two of the last four holes. The freshman started the day with five consecutive pars and sat even at the turn. Parker, a native of Augusta, Ga., finished the second round with five total birdies.

Blann and Belden were also impressive for the Wildcats, with both veterans carding even-par 70 scores. Blann started much like Fuqua with bogeys on two of the first three holes, but after birdying three of the final six holes on the front nine, Blann made the turn at even par. The native of Bowling Green, Ky., parred the final nine holes of play to end at even par for the round and 4-over-par for the tournament. The senior is in a tie for 24th heading into Sunday.

Belden finished the day with four birdies and in a tie for 38th. The native of Emmaus, Pa., carded a 1-under-par on the front nine with two birdies and sat at 2-under-par with two holes to play before bogeying the final two holes. The junior is 6-over-par for the tournament.

Sophomore Mads Kristensen (80-73--153) was the final Wildcat in action, carding a 3-over-par for the second round to sit at 13-over-par for the tournament and in a tie for 55th. Kristensen made the most improvement of any Wildcat in the second round, bettering his first round score by seven strokes.

No. 18 Georgia leads the tournament after a 3-under-par 277 in the second round. The Bulldogs are at even par for the tournament and four strokes ahead of No. 29 Arkansas. George Bryan IV of South Carolina and Hunter Hamrick of Alabama are tied for the individual lead at 4-under-par.

The SEC Championships will resume Sunday with the third and final round of play at Seaside Course. Kentucky players will tee off starting at 8 a.m. ET on No. 10. Live stats are available on ukathletics.com through golfstat.com.