Sept. 13, 2008
Clemson, SC – Clemson junior All-American Kyle Stanley fired a six-under-par 66 on Saturday to lead Clemson to a 287 team round and a third-place team standing after two rounds of the Carpet Classic at The Farm in Dalton, GA. The Tigers have a 578 team score to stand in third place in the 18 team event that has 10 of the top 20 teams in the nation competing.
Stanley has the individual lead with a five under par 139 total. He is two shots ahead of four players, including Georgia Tech’s David Dragoo. Chattanooga has the team lead at 574, just four shots better than Clemson, who is trying to win its first team event since the spring of 2006. East Tennessee State is second at 577, followed by the Tigers. Tennessee is fourth at 582, while third ranked Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina are tied for fifth at 585.
Stanley had six birdies and no bogeys in a near flawless round. It was just one shot off his best career round, but equaled his best round vs. par as a Tiger. Like Friday, Stanley birdied the first two holes. Unlike Friday, when he finished with a 73, he continued to make birdies. He followed with birdies on the 6th, 12th, 15th and 17th holes. Stanley last won a tournament for Clemson as a freshman in Hawaii. He won the Southern Amateur this past July.
Supporting Stanley on Saturday was senior David May, who had a two-under-par 70. May had a 72 in the first round and stands in a tie for sixth place. May had five birdies on the day. He would have had a great round had he not double bogeyed the 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day.
Sam Saunders, who had a 69 in the first round, had a 76 on Saturday with four bogeys on the back nine. He made nine straight pars on the front nine, his second nine of the day. He stands in 18th place individually, giving Clemson three in the top 20 heading into Sunday.
Freshman Phillip Mollica had his second straight round of 77.
The Tournament concludes with 18 holes on Sunday.
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