HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern is tied for third with No. 46 Georgia Southern late in the incomplete second round at the 2015 Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, hosted by Francis Marion University.
In a shotgun format, the majority of the field has 2-3 holes remaining in their second round, which was shortened by darkness on Monday. Players were scheduled for 36 holes.
With cold temperatures and rain in tomorrow's forecast, a 10 a.m. restart to the second round to give teams at least two complete rounds is the current plan. The third round will be played if the course is playable. Wofford is 3-over par and holds a seven-stroke lead over No. 4 USC-Aiken. (+10). CSU and Georgia Southern are both four strokes back (+14).
All five Buccaneers are currently in the top 30 in the field.
"All five guys were under 76 in round one, so that's a good sign," CSU head coach Mike Wilson said. "Hopefully we can play tomorrow to see if we can come back and win this thing. Conditions will be tough, so that will give us the opportunity to make up some ground."
Freshman R.J. Keur started fast, opening his round with an eagle and a birdie in his first three holes to quickly get to 3-under. He fired a 1-under 71 to lead CSU in the opening round and is tied for 12th. He is 3-over in round two. Junior Nico Baena added a solid 76 (+4) in his opening round, which included a stretch of three birdies in seven holes. He has the best second round going among CSU's scores at even-par and birdied his final hole before dark to get back to even.
Freshman Jake Ezell was 4-over through five holes, but was able to bounce back to even par with four birdies over his final 13 holes.
"R.J. played a nice opening 18," Wilson said. "He was very steady and recovered from his mistakes. Jake was 4-over through five holes and was able to grind out a 72 (E). We're playing well, we just need to come out tomorrow and put it all together."
CSU leads the other three Big South schools in the 19-team field. The Bucs lead Radford, who is in fifth, by four strokes and Campbell by six strokes. The Bucs are 22 strokes ahead of Presbyterian.