SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Charleston Southern totaled a second round eight-under par 280 - its best round since 2015 - and sits in sixth place following Monday's action at the Wofford Invitational. Sophomore Elliot Gothe led the Bucs' charge with a career-best five-under 67 and holds sole possession of second place entering Tuesday's final round at the Country Club of Spartanburg.
CSU, at +1 overall, trails fifth-place Appalachian State by five strokes and fourth-place Austin Peay by seven. Host Wofford (-14), Army (-11) and ETSU (-9) comprise the top three. The Bucs led the tournament at the round one turn but struggled on the back side before putting together their best golf of the spring in the afternoon.
Gothe is six shots back of Army's Dean Sakata in the 57-player field. Sakata fired back-to-back 66's to take the clubhouse lead. Four players are one behind Gothen in a tie for third.
CSU's round two effort was its best since the Bucs shot a program record -15 at the April 2015 Hootie at Bulls Bay. In addition to Gothe's 67, seniors Art Griffin (70) and Jacques Wilson (71) were also in red numbers while junior Dylan Patscot recorded a level par 72.
Griffin is tied for 19th individually and Wilson is in 29th.
Gothe rolled home eight birdies as part of his 67. Six of those came as part of a five-under 32 on the back nine, including four straight from No.'s 14 through 17.
CSU will tee off at 9 a.m. and play alongside App State and Austin Peay in the third round.