Spartanburg, S.C. - Senior Sam Ryder (Longwood, Fla.) played the first 36 holes of the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational in a blistering 10 strokes under par Monday at the Country Club of Spartanburg, putting himself in second place and just one shot off the individual lead. The rest of the Hatters did not fare quite so well as Stetson is in 14th place in the 18-team field.
Ryder's morning round 68 left him tied for the lead after the first 18 holes; although he bettered his efforts with a six under par 66 (the second lowest round in school history) in the afternoon loop, he was passed by Campbell's Vaita Guillaume and his eight under par 64. Ryder owns the Stetson 18-hole record with a 65 he shot at the 2011 Barefoot at the Beach Invitational last March. He is four strokes ahead of the third place tie between Charleston Southern teammates Jacobo Pastor and Ross Thomson.
All five Stetson golfers shot the same or better in the second round than they did in the first, but a slow start left the Hatters well behind in 14th position. Senior Andrew Schiano (Orlando, Fla.) shot 75-74, freshman Matt Taylor (Naples, Fla.) carded 79-75, senior Micah Jacobsen (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) came in with 79-76 and sophomore Tyler White (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) finished with rounds of 82-82.
Charleston Southern leads the tournament at 14 under par, nine strokes ahead of ETSU and Campbell. The Hatters sit 30 strokes out of first place with 18 holes to go but are within 10 strokes of eighth place in a large field. The Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational concludes tomorrow with the final round.
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