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Clemson in the Hunt at The Hootie Invitational

Clemson in the Hunt at The Hootie Invitational

March 24, 2008

Clemson, SC – Kyle Stanley fired a two-under par 69 and Phillip Mollica added an even par 71 to lead Clemson in the second round of The Hootie Invitational at Bulls Bay in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Clemson has had consistent team scores of 285 and 284 over the first two rounds and stands third place, but the Tigers are just three shots behind leader South Carolina. The field of 15 teams that includes seven top 25 squads will complete play on the par 71 course on Tuesday.

It will be a four team race for the championship on Tuesday. South Carolina is first at 566, while NC State stands second at 567 and Clemson is third at 569. Florida is fourth at 570, followed by Auburn at 579.

Stanley and Mollica are tied for third in the individual race at 140, just two shots behind leader Matt Hill of NC State. Stanley had his low round of the spring with nine hole scores of 35-34. His round included five birdies and three bogeys. The sophomore was three-under-par on the par five holes.

Mollica had his second straight round of par or better. He had an eagle three on the par five 10th hole, the second straight round he has had an eagle. He hit driver and five wood to just two and a half feet and made the putt for eagle. He also had that score on the par five sixth hole on Sunday when he made a 20 foot putt for eagle.

Sam Saunders had his second consecutive 72 on Monday. The sophomore had two birdies and three bogeys and his 144 score stands in a tie for 19th place. He would have been at par for the day had he not bogeyed the par three 17th hole.

David May shot a one over par 72 and stands at 145 through two rounds, good enough for 23rd place. May had one birdie, two bogeys and 15 pars for his day’s work. Tanner Ervin had a 73 on Monday and stands at 148 after two rounds. The Clemson senior playing on his home course would have had a very strong round had it not been for two double bogeys.

Clemson’s best hole of the day was the 10th. Clemson’s five players were a combined six-under par on that hole, including Mollica’s eagle. Clemson trailed South Carolina by 10 shots at that point, but the 10th hole team performance got Clemson back in the hunt.