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Sam Ryder posted a 68 in the second round of the Hatter Classic on Monday.
Ryder Falls Short of Record, Holds 4-Shot Lead
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  11/07/2011
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Stetson senior Sam Ryder had the Victoria Hills Golf Club course record in his sights on Monday in the second round of the Stetson/CFSC Invitational, but fell short of the mark.

The Longwood, Fla., native was at six-under par on his second round with two holes to play, but had a double bogey on the 17th hole and finished with a four-under par score of 68. Combined with his opening round of 70, Ryder owns a four-shot lead over Chase Wilson of High Point.

“Sam played very well in the second round and if it hadn’t been for a couple of double bogeys, that were the result of three putts, Sam could have been eight-under today very easily,” Stetson coach Bob Weickel said.

“He had some holes where he made long putts, including one long eagle putt, but in the game of golf that is what keeps your score down. The course record is 65 and I know he had that in his mind. I am sure that set him back a little bit.”

Ryder’s play helped the Hatters post consecutive scores of 299 in the tournament, which leaves Stetson 21 shots behind tournament leader Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles followed an opening round 294 with a 283 in the second round for a 577.

High Point is in second place with a 591.

Senior Micah Jacobsen was the only other Hatter to crack the top 10 on the opening day. He followed an opening round score of 75 with a 73 in the second round and is 10 shots behind his teammate in 10th place.

The other Stetson players had mixed results. Freshman Matt Taylor (155) is tied for 24th, senior Andrew Schiano (157) is tied for 31st and freshman Blake Snellings (163) is tied for 43rd. The Hatters also have two players playing in the event as individuals. Sophomore Tyler White (152) is tied for 18th and sophomore Ed Waller (156) is in 30th place.

The tournament will conclude on Tuesday with the final round starting with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. The Hatters will play the final round with Florida Gulf Coast and High Point.

“The team played decent today, but we are still looking for that 295 round,” Weickel said. “A couple of our young players have been a little inconsistent. They will give us a good round and then have a higher round. I have hope for them because we have a little spring right now. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

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