SAPPHIRE, N.C. – Charleston Southern junior Brandon Smith fired rounds of 67 and 69 Monday at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley, and sits just one stroke off the individual lead at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate. CSU led the tournament by three shots after an eight-under par round one, but slipped to sixth place in the afternoon. The Bucs enter Tuesday's final round only six back of second-place Wofford in a tightly bunched top half of the 15-team field.
Georgia Southern, at -18 overall, leads Wofford by nine for the team lead. The Eagles have three players in the top-eight and carded a 12-under par second round. Chattanooga's Etienne Brault and Erik Lindwall are atop the leaderboard at -7. Brault's opening round 66 tied for the day's top score.
Smith, who placed tenth at the season-opening Ocean Course Invitational, is in a five-way tie for third. He notched ten birdies against four bogeys on his way to tallying back-to-back rounds in the 60's.
Sophomore Connor Moore (T-11th) was the other top performer for coach Jason Payne's Bucs. Moore fired a three-under 68 in round one, and added a level par 71 in round two. A triple bogey at the par-four fourth in the afternoon prevented him from being among the pack tied at -3.
As a team, CSU's eight-under 276 to start the day matched its top round of 2017-18. Elliot Gothe (T-54th) joined Smith and Moore in red numbers with a two-under 69. Alan Smith (T-54th) and Parker Jones (T-64th) also competed for the Bucs, with Smith's first round 72 helping CSU's cause.
"Brandon and Connor played some really good golf, and are in good position to make a move tomorrow," Payne said. "We also have a great opportunity as a team to finish near the top of the field. I'm excited to see the guys get back out there tomorrow and play like we did this morning."
CSU is slated to tee off the first hole from 9:15 to 9:51. The Bucs will play alongside Florida Atlantic and Morehead State.