KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern compiled a nine-over par round of 297 to jump three spots into a tie for 12th place in second round play at the East Bay Deli Classic at Turtle Point Golf Club. Junior R.J. Keur carded a second straight even par round to lead the way, while Austin James and Jacques Wilson were solid with efforts of two and three-over par, respectively.
Augusta totaled the best round of the tournament, a four-under par 284, to move into the lead with 18 holes left to play. College of Charleston is eight strokes behind and Tennessee, the round one leader, is nine back. Wofford's Andrew Novak (-6) holds the individual lead by two strokes over Tennessee's Jack Smith and Rutgers' Toks Pedro. Novak and College of Charleston's William Rainey each matched the Turtle Point record of four-under 68.
Final round play is slated for an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. CSU is the defending champion in the event.
Keur turned in another quality round as he continues to be the Bucs' most consistent player. He is one of seven plays at even par and within striking distance of the lead. Keur finished the back nine, his first nine of the day, with back-to-back bogeys before rolling home three birdies en route to a two-under 34 on the front. His final birdie was an impressive one at the long par-four eighth hole and got him to level par.
Austin James sits in a tie for 70th place following his 74. James showed resolve after a difficult three-hole stretch in which he was five-over par. He also had a birdie at the challenging eighth hole and recorded five birdies during the final third of his round. James started strong with birdies on two of his first three holes.
Jacques Wilson also got off to a hot start, notching birdies on four of his first six holes to get to two-under for the round. He did not have a birdie over the remainder of the day but did post six pars.
Art Griffin contributed CSU's other counted score with a four-over 76. He finished in style with birdies on his final two holes, the par-five tenth and par-four eleventh.
CSU will tee off Tuesday's third round on holes 10, 11 and 12 as it looks to end the fall campaign on a high note. The Bucs will play alongside Abilene Christian, Gardner-Webb and Wofford.