– Alan Cooke
moved into the top-10 as the West Virginia University golf team slipped to fifth after the second round of play at Florida State’s Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday.
After setting a program-low round for the new era on Friday, the Mountaineers shot two under par on Saturday with a 286 on the Southwood Golf Course. They sit in fifth place with a two-round team score of 277-286=563 for 13 under par. Penn State remains atop the team leaderboard at 26 under par with a score of 550, followed by No. 30 FSU in second at 24 under par (552). No. 25 Georgia Tech is third at 20 under par (556), while Troy is two strokes ahead of WVU and in fourth place with a score of 561 at 15 under par.
Cooke moved up three spots and into the top 10, sitting in a tie for eighth place with one round remaining. Chris Williams
also finished the day in the top-20, remaining in a tie for 19th place.
“I know we set a record yesterday, but, honestly, I’m prouder of the guys today,” coach Sean Covich said. “They showed a lot of heart. Chris hit two out of bounds on the first hole; he’s four over after one hole, and then goes out and plays the rest of the round five under par. Alan hits his tee ball out of bounds on No. 9 but makes a heck of a bogey, then goes on to shoot three under. We showed just how much we’ve matured as a team today. Last year, we would have lost our minds after that, but not his year. I’m really proud of these guys today.”
After recording a pair of bogeys and a birdie on the front nine, Cooke registered four birdies after the turn to finish at three under par with a 69. He sits six under with a score of 69-69=138. Williams shot four over on hole No. 1, but carded three birdies and an eagle to finish one under. He carries a two-round score of 70-71=141 into the third round after shooting three under across the first 36 holes.
and Tristan Nicholls
tied for 29th with matching scores of 143 for one under par. Sear’s scorecard showed four birdies on the round as he ended the second day of play with scores of 70-73, shooting one over in the second round. Nicholls finished the round three over par, posting scores of 68-75 in the first two days of play.
repeated Friday’s score of 73 in the second round, shooting 73-73=146 to sit two over par and tied for 45th place. Playing as an individual, Avery Schneider
shot 73-79=152. He is eight over par and tied for 73rd place.
Paired with Troy and Jacksonville, WVU will tee off for third and final round starting at 8:55 a.m. on Sunday. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.