Winthrop University

Coastal holds 36-hole lead in Big South Men’s Golf Championship

Coastal Carolina sits is first-place at 11-under 565 following 36 holes of the Big South Men’s Golf Championship at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six.

The Chanticleers hold a four-shot lead over second-place Liberty. CCU and the Flames are among five teams under par after two rounds. Longwood’s Blake Carter is the individual leader with a 6-under 138 and holds a one-stroke advantage over six golfers.

The day started with the completion of the first round, which was suspended Sunday afternoon because of inclement weather. Coastal was the official 18-hole leader at 7-under 281, with Gardner-Webb two shots behind in second at 283. Radford was third at 284, while Liberty, Campbell and Charleston Southern were tied for fourth-place at 2-under 286. Winthrop was the seventh team under par in the first round with a 287. Carter fired a tournament-low 4-under 68 to tie for the 18-hole lead with Gardner-Webb’s Vincent Blanchette and Radford’s Nick Brediger.

The second round was again a shotgun format, and three teams managed to finish under par as the wind picked up in the afternoon. The Chanticleers extended their lead, while Liberty moved up with its three shot improvement from the first round. Winthrop also bounced back with an under-par score to land in fourth-place. Gardner-Webb dropped one spot and sits in third place at 572.

Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt tied the tournament-low round of 68 in the second round, and is among the six-way tie for second-place. Joining Seabolt just one-shot out of the lead at 139 are Andrew Dorn (Coastal Carolina), Mathieu Fenasse (Liberty), RJ Keur (Charleston Southern), Blanchette and Brediger.

Blanchette leads the field with three eagles, while Presbyterian College’s Sam Jackson is tops with 12 birdies. Carter, Blanchette and Dorn lead in par-5 scoring at 4.25, Charleston Southern’s Jake Ezell is first in par-4 scoring (3.75), and Winthrop teammates Nick Eberhardt and Taylor Dickson are the top players in par-3 scoring (2.75).

Coastal Carolina is looking to win its second Big South Men’s Golf Championship in three years on Tuesday and 15th overall, which would extend its league record. The final round begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.