March 26, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Led by sophomore Cody Martin and freshman David Snyder, the University of Kentucky men’s golf team had another strong performance Monday in the second round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, and enters the final round of the tournament tied for second place.
Played at the Bulls Bay Golf Club (par 72, 7,363 yards) in Awendaw, S.C., Martin and Snyder carded rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, to pace the Wildcats to its lowest opening two-round total at the Hootie in the seven years UK has competed in the tournament. Martin and Snyder are each tied for third at 5-under-par total, and the Wildcats are tied for second at 9-under-par.
“Cody and David played great today and really carried the team,” UK head coach Brian Craig said. “We played solid golf all day but have our work cut out for us tomorrow. The good news is we are in the final pairing and have a chance with one round to play. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, this team is flat out getting better and it is fun to watch.”
Martin had a fantastic day for the Wildcats, finishing with a 4-under-par 68, his lowest round of the spring season and third lowest of the year. The sophomore standout birdied three of his opening four holes and made the turn with a 3-under-par 34. Martin, who leads Kentucky with a scoring average of 72.65, opened his back nine with a birdie on No. 10 and another at No. 15 to move to 5-under-par for the round. Martin’s only bogey of the round came at No. 17, dropping him to 4-under-par.
Snyder continued his fantastic freshman campaign with a 3-under-par 69 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament. After a birdie and bogey on Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, Snyder carded three birdies in the final six holes of his front nine to go out with a 3-under-par 34. Snyder parred each of the first five holes on the back nine before birdying the par-4 15th and bogeying the par-3 17th to come in at even-par. In college golf, four of the team’s five golfers’ scores are counted. In Snyder’s 16 rounds of play this year, 14.5 of his rounds have counted toward the team’s total. His 90.6 percent rate is the highest on the team.
Sophomore Stephen Powers made the turn at 1-under-par after birdies on Nos. 6 and 8 to follow a bogey on No. 4. Powers carded a pair of birdies and bogeys on the back nine to come in with an even-par 35 and finish at 1-under. The Naperville, Ill., native will enter Tuesday’s final round tied for 19th at even par after recording a 1-over-par 73 Sunday.
After an opening round of 1-under-par 71, junior Joseph Barr carded a 2-over-par 74 in the second round. Barr went out with an even-par 37, recording two birdies and two bogies. Coming in, Barr had four bogeys and two birdies to finish at 2-over-par. Barr is tied for 25th at 1-over-par.
Junior Chase Parker had an up and down round Monday. After bogeys on two of his opening four holes, Parker birdied No. 5 and then eagled the par-5 sixth hole to make the turn at 1-under-par. On the back nine, a bogey and triple-bogey pushed Parker back to 3-over-par for the round, but the veteran showed poise by battling back with a birdie on No. 14 to finish his round with a 2-over-par 74.
Kentucky’s final round will begin Tuesday at 9:40 a.m. ET with Parker teeing off from the first hole. Barr, Powers, Snyder and Martin will follow, respectively, in 10-minute intervals. The Wildcats will be paired with first-place Auburn and Texas A&M, which is tied with UK in second.
Kentucky is joined in the 15-team field by host school College of Charleston, as well as Auburn, Augusta State, LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and Wofford College.
Fans wishing to follow along with final results as they come into the clubhouse can access live results at Golfstat.com.
The tournament draws its name from the band Hootie & the Blowfish and each year enjoys the support of Charleston native, Darius Rucker.
For more news and information on the Kentucky men’s golf team, including a recap and results from the final round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, follow the Wildcats on Twitter at “UKMensGolf” and go to UKathletics.com.
Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
Bulls Bay Golf Club
Par 72 – 7,282 yards
Through Two Rounds
T3. Cody Martin – 71, 68 – 139 (-5)
T3. David Snyder – 70, 69 – 139 (-5)
T18. Stephen Powers – 73, 71 – 144 (E)
T25. Joseph Barr – 71, 74 – 145 (+1)
T46. Chase Parker – 75, 74 – 149 (+5)
T2. KENTUCKY – 285, 282 – 567 (-9)