Feb. 22, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Ben Martin fired a four-under-par 68 to lead four Clemson golfers who shot 70 or better on Monday in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic. Clemson stands in third place after two rounds at the 54-hole event being played at the Rio Mar River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Texas, who shot a tournament best 269 score on Monday, stands in first place at 30-under-par 546, while Oklahoma State, ranked first in the nation, is second at 554. Clemson is just five shots back of the number-one ranked Cowboys for third place, while Georgia is fourth at 564. ACC foe Georgia Tech is in fifth place at 565, 11 under par.
Martin has posted rounds of 70 and 68 and stands in seventh place at 138 through two rounds. The US Amateur finalist is the only Tiger in the lineup this week who has played in Puerto Rico previously. He is six shots behind tournament leader Cody Gribble of Texas, who shot a 65 on Monday and is at 12 under par 132. Martin has 10 birdies through the first two rounds to lead the Clemson team in that category.
Luke Hopkins, Corbin Mills and Jacob Burger all had second round scores of 70, two-under-par on the par 72 course that is 6902 yards in length. Hopkins had an opening round 69 and is tied for 11th with a 139 score, five-under-par. It was a second straight round of 70 for Mills, who had an eagle during his performance on Monday, the first eagle of the tournament for a Clemson golfer. Mills is tied for 13th at 140. Burger is tied for 22nd at two-under-par 142. Freshman Crawford Reeves shot a 76 on Monday and he stands in 73rd place at 156 through two rounds.
The event concludes on Tuesday with the final 18 holes.
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