Myrtle Beach, S.C. After a strong second round of play in the afternoon today, the NC State men’s golf team currently sits in a tie for fourth place at the 2008 General Jim Hackler Invitational being played at the par-72 TPC of Myrtle Beach today and tomorrow. Eleven of the 14 teams playing in this tournament are ranked in the top-50, including NC State at No. 27.
The Wolfpack had a rough go of it in the first round today, as NC State was 14-over par (302) and in eighth place after all teams played 18 holes. But a seven shot improvement in the afternoon session (seven-over par 295), currently has the Pack at 21-over (597) and in fourth place with host Coastal Carolina.
East Tennessee State currently holds the team lead, at 11-over par (586).
Sophomore Matt Hill leads the way for NC State, as he is currently in second place overall (at even par), just one shot off the individual lead. Hill shot a two-over (74) in the first round, with two birdies. But he improved on the next 18 holes, as Hill had a round of two-under (70). His second round featured four birdies, and he was two-under on the front-nine.
Fellow sophomore Brandon Detweiler used a strong second round and is currently in 24th place at six-over after two rounds. Detweiler was five-over (77) in the earlier session, but made a four shot improvement and finished at one-over (73) in the second round. Detweiler was three-under on the front-nine in that round, and finished with a total of five birdies.
Senior Andrew Byrd continues his recent strong play, as he is in 30th place at seven-over par through the two rounds. Byrd had a strong first round at one-over (73), which featured five birdies and a one-under on the front-nine. In the later round, Byrd was six-over (78).
Fellow senior Darren Blair is not far behind, as he is nine-over after the second round. Blair’s first round featured three birdies, as he was six-over par (78). He then had a three shot improvement in the second round, shooting a three-over (75). Blair had a pair of birdies in the second round, as well as an eagle on the par-five No. 14.
Kent Copeland is the final Pack golfer competing this weekend, as he is 11-over after today’s two rounds.
The teams played 36 holes today, and the third and final round will be played tomorrow.