GREENVILLE, S.C. — Freshman Jason Liu dropped a dozen pars and three birdies in leading Dartmouth to an 11-over 299 in the second round of the Furman Invitational on Saturday. North Florida built up its lead to 10 strokes with a three-under 285 today, while the Big Green dropped three places in the standings to 15th at 25-over par.
Liu played the front nine of the 7,031-yard, par-72 Furman University Golf Course at even par with a single birdie and a seven pars, then birdied 11 and 12 to get two two-under par. Only a bogey on 16 and a double on 18 pushed him back to one over par for the day, improving seven strokes from his opening round to leave him tied for 78th.
Dartmouth’s low man yesterday, sophomore Will Bednarz, remains the Big Green leader through 36 holes in a tie for 44th at four-over par following his 75 (+3) today thanks to a pair of birdies on the back nine. Freshman James Turner matched Bednarz at three-over par today with a team-best four birdies to go with seven pars and seven bogeys.
Senior Ian Kelsey had three birdies of his own to contribute to the team score with a four-over 76, while sophomore Sam Ohno also had three birdies in carding a six-over 78. But the best Dartmouth performance in the second round was turned in by sophomore Riley Griffin, who was playing as an individual and wrapped up his day at even par with three birdies and 12 pars.
North Florida’s Phillip Knowles saw his three-stroke lead entering the day get shaved to two despite completing his round with a one-under 71 to get to seven-under for the tournament. Shota Ozaki of James Madison closed the gap by carding a 69 (-3), while Matt Lehman of the host school (but playing as an individual) had the best 18 holes of the first two days with a seven-under 65 thanks to eight birdies as the pair are both two strokes behind Knowles with one round to go.
West Virginia posted the best team score on Saturday with a five-under 283 to move ahead of USC-Aiken into second, 10 strokes behind North Florida with a 573 (-3). Yale is a stroke behind USC-Aiken in fourth at two-over par, and the other Ivy League school competing is Harvard, which is a stroke behind the Big Green in 16th.
Lightning suspended play with one group remaining on the 18th hole. That group will finish up at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning with the the final round beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.