AWENDAW, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Austin James tallied an ever-par 72 to lead the Bucs on day two of The Hootie at Bulls Bay. CSU is in 14th place as a team, ahead of Big Ten member Wisconsin.
James notched an eagle on the par-five fourth hole to highlight a three-under front nine, allowing him to climb into a tie for 48th place. Redshirt junior Jake Ezell followed up on a 72 with a 74 in round two and is currently the Bucs' top individual, in a tie for 42nd.
South Carolina, the defending champion in the event, is tied for the 36-hole lead with Ole Miss at -11. North Carolina State totaled the round of the day, a seven-under 281, to move into third place. Round one clubhouse leader Georgia State is in fourth place at -6, just five shots off the pace. Ole Miss's Braden Thornberry and Ben Wolcott are tied for the individual lead at -9. The Gamecocks' Keenan Huskey was tied for the lead after round one, followed with a 73 and is four shots back in third place.
Seven teams and 21 players are in red numbers in an elite field featuring four top-25 programs and ten in the top-50.
James was three-over and without a single par on the back nine before coming alive on the front. He took advantage of the par-five's, beginning his run with a birdie at No. 2 before the eagle at No. 4. James also finished strong after a bogey at No. 7, birdieing the difficult par-four eighth. The Canadian is +3 through two rounds.
Ezell played a mostly clean back nine, with eight pars, outside of a double bogey at No. 14. He was level par at the front, capping yet another steady effort with 15 total pars.
Griffin again showed glimpses of his ability as he looks to round into form following an injury. He birdied his first three holes of the day but had just one other birdie and some big numbers the rest of the way. Eller struggled at times a day after firing a 73. He did notch a birdie at the par-five second and managed to play each nine at +3.
CSU is slated to start final round play off No. 10 Tuesday at 9:40 a.m.