STATESBORO, Ga. – Justin Thomas shot a 2-under-par 70 to lead Alabama to a 281 team score as the Crimson Tide took over first place in the 34th Annual Schenkel Invitational after second-round action Saturday at Forest Heights Country Club.
Thomas leads the tournament at 7-under-par. Alabama's Bobby Wyatt shot a 70 to move to 4-under for the tournament and into second, a stroke ahead of teammate Cory Whitsett (-3), who carded a 71 today. Cody Gribble posted a 68 to lead Texas and jump into a tie for third with Whitsett and teammate Brandon Stone.
Alabama (-7 today), Texas (-2 today) and Maryland (Even today) were the only teams to shoot even par or better on a warm and windy Georgia day. The Crimson Tide (-13), the defending Schenkel champions, hold a two-stroke lead over Texas (-11) heading into the final round, and Florida is third (+5).
Maryland jumped from ninth to fourth behind a 67 from Tom Harris and a 71 from Sean Bosdosh. Ole Miss moved up from last place into a tie for eighth after shooting 1-over 289 as a team. Tom Brown's 67 led the way, and Blake Morris carded a 71.
Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes finished strong for the second day in a row by posting birdies on two of his final three holes to card a 72. The sophomore is tied for sixth at 2-under.
UAB's Sam Love, playing as an individual, fired the low round of the tournament today, a 66, which shifts him into a tie for sixth (-2). Central Florida's Greg Eason shot a 68 to move into the tie for sixth (-2) along with Kentucky's Ben Stow, who shot a 71 for the second straight day.
Georgia Southern is in 11th place (+17), a stroke back of Kentucky (+16) and three strokes behind North Texas and Ole Miss (+14). Hayden Anderson posted an even-par 72 and played his last 10 holes at 2-under for Georgia Southern. Will Evans birdied his final hole to shoot a 75. Charlie Martin bogeyed two of his last four holes to post a 77, while Blake Olson struggled on his first eight holes, but played his final 10 holes at 1-over and posted an 80.
Georgia Southern's Matt Mierzejewski, Caleb Morris and Christian Humber all played as individuals. Mierzejewski birdied two of his last three holes to post a 78, Morris shot an 81 and Humber carded a 77 after birdieing three of his final five holes.