Georgia senior Joey Garber registered 10 birdies on Monday.
Oct. 28, 2013
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. --- Georgia senior Joey Garber matched the tournament record and established a new career-low round on Monday at The Invitational at The Ocean Course.
Playing as an individual (meaning his scores cannot count toward the team total), Garber fired a 6-under 66 on the par-72, 7,051-yard layout to tie the tournament record set in 2011 by South Florida's Branden Collins. Garber's previous low had been his first- and third-round 5-under 67s in the Dick's Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup earlier this season.
Garber reached his 66 — and the average score in the field each of the first two days has been 76.2 — with 10 birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey. He had eight birdies alone on the front nine, which were his finishing holes.
"Joey really got it going today," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "He was just on fire coming in. It was fun to watch the way he was playing."
Garber stands third individually at 5-under 139, just three shots in back of South Florida's Richard James (136).
Garber's No. 8-ranked teammates remained in fourth place following the second round. The Bulldogs fired an 8-over 296 to move to 17-over 593 for the tournament. South Florida, the only squad in the 14-team field under par in the second round, has the lead at even-par 576.
Senior Michael Cromie signed for a 1-over 73 on Monday, followed by senior Keith Mitchell and junior Nicholas Reach at 2-over 74, and junior Sam Straka at 3-over 75. Sophomore Lee McCoy had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 5-over 77.
Cromie and Reach are 14th individually at 3-over 147, while McCoy moved to 5-over 149, Mitchell went to 8-over 152 and Straka moved to 18-over 162.
The Invitational at The Ocean Course will conclude on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Results can be found at golfstat.com.