Irwin Shoots Six-Under-Par 66 To Help Cougars Climb Back Into 12th Place After The Second Round Of The Administaff Augusta State Invitational
March 31, 2007
Evans, Ga. - The University of Houston men's golf team shot a combined one-over-par 289 to move up five spots in the team standings and ended the second round in 12th place at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational at the Champions Golf Retreat.
The Cougars were led by junior Jordan Irwin, who equaled his season-best low round after firing a six-under-par 66 in the second round to move up 13 spots in the individual standings, and ended the second round in third place.
Irwin, who shot an even par in the opening round, is two shots behind the individual leader, Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina. Johnson has a two-day score of eight-under-par 136 after shooting four under each of the first two days. North Carolina's Reed Darsie (137) is one shot back, while Irwin and George Bryan of South Carolina are tied for third place at six-under par.
Chris Paisley of Tennessee and Martin Ureta of North Carolina are tied for fifth place after finishing the second round with a five-under-par 139. North Carolina's Robert Reisen (140) is in seventh place, while Tom Sherreard of Georgia State and Kyle Stanley of Clemson are tied for eighth place after shooting three-under-par 141 in the first two rounds. Coastal Carolina's Zack Byrd (142) and Georgia State's Derek Oakey (142) are tied for 10th place.
Houston's other players included senior Pablo Acuna, who fired a two-over-par 74 on Saturday, and is tied for 39th place in the individual standings with a two-day-score of three-over-par (147). Fellow senior Ricky Romano also shot two-over-par in the second round after opening the tournament with a disastrous 11-over on the opening day. Steven Frazier fired a three-over-par score of 75 in the second round and has a two-day total of 152. Todd Bissenden fired a five-over-par score of 77 and ended the second day with a two-round total of 157.
Houston is part of a field of 18 teams that include 10 of the nation's Top 31 squads playing on a par 72-7,265-yard course. Nine holes of the course were designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and another nine holes were designed by another golfing legend, Arnold Palmer.
North Carolina is atop the team standings after shooting a combined 16-under-par score (560) in the first two days of the tournament. The Tar Heels hold a nine-shot lead over second-place Coastal Carolina (569). Georgia State is in third place after shooting 571, and South Carolina is in fourth place after shooting even par in the first two rounds.
Tennessee (571) shot one over par to finish the first two rounds in fifth place. North Florida (584) is in sixth place and North Carolina State (585) stands in seventh place. South Carolina-Aiken, Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State are tied for eighth place with a 10-over-par score of 586. The host school, Augusta State, is in 11th place after shooting 11-over-par (587) in the first two rounds, while Houston, Auburn and Clemson are tied for 12th place with a team score of 13-over-par (589). Georgia Southern finished the second day in 15th place with a team score of 591.
The tournament concludes on Sunday morning, April 1, with the Cougars teeing off at 8:45. Fans can follow the tournament's conclusion, which begins at 8:00 a.m.,live on the Golfstat.com website.