KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Art Griffin is one shot off the individual lead through 36 holes at the East Bay Deli Classic, hosted by the Bucs at Turtle Point Golf Club. Griffin, who was tied atop the leaderboard following Sunday's opening round, carded a second round 74 on Monday. CSU stands 15th as a team entering Tuesday's final round.
Tennessee, bidding for its second straight East Bay Deli Classic title, tallied a two-under par 286 to get to +8 overall. The Volunteers enjoy a ten stroke edge on Chattanooga, and a 14-shot advantage over both Jacksonville State and Rutgers. Tennessee's Rhys-Nevins Wharton and Lorenzo Scalise are tied for the individual lead, at +1, with High Point's Emile Menard. Menard fired the low round of the tournament, a five-under 67, on Monday.
The Bucs improved their team score by 28 strokes in the second round. Dylan Patscot (T-51st) continued a solid fall with a four-over 76, highlighted by a one-over back nine. Elliot Gothe (T-79th) came in with a 79, while Derrick Villarreal (92nd) posted an 88.
Griffin did not play as crisply as he did in the wind on Sunday, but mostly overcame six bogeys with four birdies. He had three birdies as part of a level par front side, his second nine of the day. The last of those got Griffin back to even par overall but bogeys at No.'s 8 and 9 put him one off the pace heading into Tuesday's third round.
CSU will play alongside Stetson and Presbyterian on Tuesday, with the final round shotgun start slated for 9 a.m.