Strong Second Round Vaults Bulldogs Into Third At Mason Rudolph
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Twelve days removed from its last comeback, the Mississippi State men's golf team grinded out another fantastic second round to climb into a tie for third place at the Mason Randolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt.
Chad Ramey and Axel Boasson led the charge as the Bulldogs fired a 282, an 11-shot improvement from Friday's opening round, to leap six spots on the leaderboard into a tie with Georgia State at seven-over 575.
"We got two very good rounds from Axel Boasson and Chad Ramey today to get us back into the tournament, " said head coach Clay Homan of MSU's second-round performance. "The other guys hung in there when they weren't playing their best. We need to come out tomorrow and finish strong."
After opening the tournament with a 74, the Fulton, Miss., native answered with a 68 at the Legends Club on Saturday to sit in a tie for 11th place with an even-par 142 heading into Sunday's final round.
Boasson rallied from an opening-round 76 by recording six birdies on Saturday en route to a personal-low 67 (-4) that vaulted him into a tie for 16th place.
Robi Calvesbert enters Sunday's final round seeking a second-straight top 25 finish after he wrapped Saturday in a tie for 20th with a 3-over-par 74.
The Maroon and White begins Sunday's final round at 9 a.m. The Dawgs sit 11 shots back of the lead held by the host Commodores. Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer tops the individual leaderboard with a 7-under 135.
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Mason Randolph Championship
Second Round - September 22, 2012
1. Vanderbilt (564, -4); 2. Oklahoma (565, -3); T3. Georgia State (575, +7); T3. Mississippi State (575, +7); 5. College of Charleston (578, +10); 6. South Alabama (579, +11); 7. Ole Miss (580, +12); 8. Georgia Southern (582, +14); T9. Middle Tennessee (585, +17); T9. Davidson College (585, +17); 11. Rice (586, +18); 12. Tennessee Tech (589, +21); 13. Virginia (594, +26); 14. East Tennessee St. (596, +28); 15. Arkansas State (603, +35).
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T11. Chad Ramey 74-68=142 (E)
T16. Axel Boasson 76-67=143 (+1)
T20. Robi Calvesbert 71-74=145 (+3)
T36. Joe Sakulpolphaisan 72-75=147 (+5)
T79. Fletcher Johnson 82-73=155 (+13)