Strong Second Day Lifts Upstate into Top Five at Badger Invitational

September 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

Madison, Wisc. – The USC Upstate men’s golf team moved up three spots in the team standings to fifth place at the Badger Invitational following a second round score of 297 on Tuesday under partly cloudy skies from University Ridge Golf Course.

Upstate sits one shot behind host Wisconsin with a two-day score of 597 and improved its overall score by three strokes from Monday. Sebastian Lopez Bulla jumped up a total of 18 positions in the individual standings and is now tied for 13th place with Kansas’ Charlie Miller and Matt Ross of Wisconsin.

“Sebastian did a super job of recovering from his missed shot even when he saved a bogey a couple of times today,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “The course showed its teeth on the par 3’s today and it showed. I am excited that we moved up a little with steady play. We are excited for tomorrow’s final round and the opportunity to improve.”

Lopez Bulla shaved four strokes from his score on Monday after carding a second round 71 (-1). The senior began the day with bogeys on two of his first four holes, but responded with back-to-back birdies on the 6th and 7th to make the turn at even-par. Lopez Bulla moved to under-par with his birdie on the par 5 11th hole. He added two more birdies on the 14th and 16th, and heads into the final round with an overall score of 146 (+2).

Taylor White jumped five spots into a tie for 18th place with Wisconsin’s Ben Skogen as he finished his round with a 74 (+2). White concluded the front nine with an even-par score highlighted by his birdie on the 7th hole. He added two more birdies on the 14th and 15th holes. White has compiled a two-round score of 148 (+4).

Ryan Cornfield recorded his second straight score of 75 (+3) on Monday and is currently tied for 27th place. Cornfield picked up a birdie on his second hole of the day and has a total score of 150 (+6).

Tom Schofield and Trey Taylor are in 45th and 73rd places, respectively. Schofield had two birdies on the 9th and 16th holes, and is at 153 (+9) overall. Taylor turned in a round of 80 for the second consecutive day and has accumulated a total score of 160 (+16).

“I have been pleased with how we have finished the last few holes each day and the guys are really fighting until the end,” added Lawton. “To be under par as a team on your last three holes each day is very good.”

Miami (Ohio) holds a one shot lead over Kansas heading into the final day of competition. Patrick Flavin of Miami (Ohio) leads Kansas’ Chase Hannah by three strokes in the individual standings.

The final round of the Badger Invitational will tee off at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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