Trojan linksters improve on day two of Franklin Regional
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (troytrojans.com) – Jared Bettcher fired a 4-under 68 and Calum Masters carded a 3-under 69 to lead a resurgent Troy men’s golf team on day two of the NCAA Franklin Regional. The Trojans shot 5-under as a team in Tuesday’s round at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, which was a 22-shot improvement from their first round.
Bettcher and Masters both made the turn at 1-under with two birdies and a bogey on the back nine as the Trojans opened the day on No. 10. After a bogey on No. 16, Bettcher birdied four of his next six holes to move to 4-under on the day. He closed out his round with five straight pars to move up 20 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 40th place.
Masters’ move on the front nine was just the opposite after a birdie on the par-5 No. 18 before the turn. The Troy freshman bogeyed the par-3 fourth hole before dropping birdies on three of his final five holes. Masters climbed 10 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 36th place following his sixth round in the 60s over his last 14 rounds.
Clayton Vannoy shaved three shots off his opening round tally with a 1-over 73 in Tuesday’s second round. Vannoy, who is tied for 59th, picked up four birdies on the day, including three after making the turn. He made his move right around the turn as he picked up three birdies over a stretch of four holes – No. 17, No. 1 and No. 2 – to move to even on the day.
Cam Norman made the turn at 2-over par, but played the front nine of the course at 1-under par after birdies on No. 3, No. 7 and No. 8. Norman will enter Wednesday’s final round tied for 63rd place with a little momentum after the birdies on two of his final three holes.
Luke Moser rounded out the day for the Trojans with a 2-over 74 after a pair of birdies and four bogeys. Moser, who is in 68th place, made the turn at 2-over before playing the front nine at even par with a birdie and a bogey.
After putting together a round on Monday with seven double-bogeys and one triple-bogey, the Trojans did not card a multiple-bogey in Tuesday’s second round. Troy had 19 birdies on the day after just 13 in the opening round.
No. 2 Texas and No. 26 Virginia both shot 17-under on the day and hold down the top two spots on the leaderboard. No. 14 LSU, No. 9 Vanderbilt and No. 47 Kennesaw State comprise the rest of the top five, while No. 23 Washington is one shot back of Vandy and Kennesaw State in sixth. The top five teams and top individual on a non-advancing team move on to the NCAA Championships.
Troy will tee off beginning at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and the Trojans will be paired with the individual competitors in the field.