AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State turned its best round of the season Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Insperity Augusta State Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The effort propelled the Jaguars into a tie with Texas, the nation's top-ranked team, at 17-under 559. Illinois is third after posting the low round of the day in the afternoon – a 15-under 273 – while TCU and Tennessee round out the top five.
The Jaguars registered their lowest round of the year (relative to par) with a 12-under 276 that featured a 5-under 67 from senior Taylor Floyd. Fellow senior Brendan Gillins and sophomore Alex Wennstam booked a pair of 3-under 69's. Freshman Robin Petersson turned in a 1-under 71 and junior Derek Chang notched a 3-over 75.
TCU's Julien Brun grabbed the individual lead when he followed up his opening-round 68 with a 7-under 65 in the afternoon. At 11-under 133, Brun matched the lowest 36-hole total in the 34-year history of the tournament, last equaled by Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway in 2011.
ASU's Floyd is alone in second place after consecutive 5-under 67's while Texas' Dylan Fritelli (68-67) is third at 9-under 135. Thomas Pieters of Illinois booked a 6-under 66 in the second round and is fourth at 6-under 138. The Jags' Gillins is part of a four-way tie for fifth at 5-under 139 (70-69).
Wennstam (72-69) is tied for 15th at 3-under 141, while Petersson (75-71) is tied for 45th at 2-under 146. Chang (74-75) is tied for 65th at 5-over 149.
The two-day, 54-hole event -- presented by Mercedes-Benz of Augusta, Spark Energy and 3M – wraps up Sunday afternoon with the third and final round. The first tee time is slated for 8:30 a.m., off the No. 1 tee, with the leaders set for a 9:20 a.m. tee time off the first tee. The last group of leaders is scheduled to tee off at 10:00 a.m.
The field features nine teams in the top 50, according to Golfstat's latest ratings: No. 1 Texas, No. 13 Clemson, No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 27 Baylor, No. 35 TCU, No. 38 Illinois, No. 40 SMU, No. 46 ASU and No. 50 Lamar. Nine of the top 50 and 13 of the top 100 individuals in the nation will also be in the field this weekend. Both the SMU and Tennessee squads are led by former Jaguar head coaches in Josh Gregory and Jim Kelson, respectively.
Oklahoma State is the defending champion after posting a winning total of 16-under 848 in 2011. The Cowboys finished one stroke in front of Tennessee, while Clemson, Alabama and UCLA rounded out the top five.
Cowboys' senior Kevin Tway matched a single-round tournament record when he opened with an 8-under 64 and claimed a five-shot individual victory over Jaguars' senior Olle Bengtsson. Tennessee's Garrick Porteous and Alabama's Cory Whitsett shared third place and UCLA's Gregor Main was fifth.
The tourney will feature live scoring, powered by www.golfstat.com.
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