MSU turned in a 6-over-par 286 to navigate up the leader board for a sixth-place finish on Friday. The Bulldogs finished 11 strokes back of leader No. 19 Auburn Tigers, who State defeated at the Tiger Invitational back in March.
“I feel like we got a pretty decent first round under our belt,” coach Clay Homan said. “The course played difficult today with a constant 25 MPH wind. We avoided the double bogeys, which is what you have to do around here. The wind is forecasted to keep blowing over the next two days, so we just have to keep grinding away and avoid making the big mistakes like we did today.”
The field at the Sea Island Golf Course includes 13 Top 50 ranked teams. No. 9 Florida finished the day at 21-over-par for a last-place finish in Friday’s opening round.
Ramey, who finished tied for fifth on Friday, shot a 1-under-par 69 for the opening 18 holes. The performance in round one placed Ramey only four strokes off of the lead. The junior has already picked up seven Top 10’s this season; Ramey finished with a seventh-place card at last year’s SEC Championship.
Finishing even on the day, junior Axel Boasson tied for 12th in the first round. Aiding Boasson’s score was four birdies, adding to his team-leading total of 105 birdies. The Iceland native has finished with an 11th place finish or better in six of his last seven outings.
Junior Barrett Edens and senior Robi Calvesbert both finished outside of the Top 25. Edens fired off a 3-over-par 73 to finish Friday with a 30th-place card. Calvesbert turned in a 4-over-par 74 to finish tied for 35th.
Rounding out the Maroon and White scoring from Sea Island was junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan, who finished at 10-over-par on for the opening round. Sakulpolphaisan has finished in the Top 25 10 out of the 11 tourneys played this season.
Homan’s squad will tee off at Hole No. 1 at 9:20 a.m. CT tomorrow. The Bulldogs will be paired with Alabama and Texas A&M.
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|Course:Sea Island Golf Club - Seaside Course: Seaside Par 70 - 6991 Yards
MSU Player Results
T5. Chad Ramey (69, -1)
T12. Axel Boasson (70, E)
T30. Barrett Edens (73, +3)
T35. Robi Calvesbert (74, +4)
68. Joe Sakulpolphaisan (80, +10)