Ramey (1-under-par 71) put together a stellar day on the course, shooting for at least par on 17 of the 18 holes at Southwood. With that performance, the Fulton, Miss., native is only two shots behind tourney-leader Trey Rule of Mercer.
Propelled by Ramey’s play, Mississippi State (9-over-par 297) finished Friday in seventh place. The Bulldogs are 15 strokes behind first-place Mercer, but only four shots back of another Top-5 card.
"We didn’t get off to the start we were looking for,” Bulldog head coach Clay Homan said. “Our ball striking was more than good enough to post a respectable score, but we threw away too many shots on and around the greens. This course rewards good short game and today we weren’t close. Tomorrow we play 36 holes, so we need to play at a higher level from start to finish.”
Due to the threat of rain in the Tallahassee area on Sunday, the third round of the Seminole Intercollegiate will be played on Saturday afternoon. The final 36 holes will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Sophomore Ben Wood (1-over-par 73) moved into a tie for 19th overall on Friday, the Florence, Ala., native is seeking his sixth Top-25 card of the season.
The trio of Barrett Edens (t41st), Ben Follett-Smith (t51st) and Joe Sakulpolphaisan (t54th) were only separated by one stroke each during the opening round. The three Bulldogs finished 4, 5 and 6-over-par respectively.
Homan’s squad will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT, for a shotgun start. The Bulldogs will be vying for their second Top 5 of the spring.
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March 14, 2014 – First Round
|Course:Southwood Golf Course: Seminole Intercollegiate Par 72 - 7172 Yards
T6th Chad Ramey (71, -1)
T19th Ben Wood (73, +1)
T41st Barrett Edens (76, +4)
T51st Ben Follett-Smith (77, +5)
T54th Joe Sakulpolphaisan (78, +6)